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Harbourfest 2018 at the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre


Please join us on the west side of the Owen Sound harbour on Saturday, July 14, as we take part in Harbourfest.

The past few years, CWHC has held the Waterfront Festival but this year we are participating in the Harbourfest being held a week later.  The City has activities on the east harbour from 11 am to 10 pm.

CWHC will be open extended hours today: 10 am to 7 pm, with lots of family-friendly activities. The planned activities will be from 11 to 2.

Community Waterfront Heritage Centre  (CWHC) (Staff and Volunteers)

Under the pop-up canopy on the platform, CWHC volunteers will have

  • quilt raffle tickets for sale ($2.00 each)
  • ice-cream sandwiches ($2.00 each)
  • water ($2.00 a bottle).

This is also your chance to buy your tickets for the bus trip on September 29 that includes the 90 minute train trip on the Central Waterloo Railway. 

Be sure to visit the museum to see our featured exhibit for 2018: “Fish Tales” and the children’s activity table. Check out the discovery drawers.

What is Happening 

Model rail layouts will be here from Grey Roots Museum and the Canadian Association of Railway Modellers (CARM).

Best Practice Arts is thrilled to host “Family Fun” demos and workshops throughout the day. Timed special presentations will be from from 11 am – 2 pm, and local groups offering come & go activities starting at 10 am.

11 am: Grey Bruce International Folk Dancers 
12 noon: Dance Improv Workshop (all ages) presented by Owen Sound Dance Academy 
12:45pm: Activities with Debbie Val from At Last Forest School 
1:15pm: Waterfront Family Jam with Lauren Best 
1:40pm: Grey Bruce Friends and Neighbours (FAN) Club puppet show presented by CMHAGB

Lauren Best, 2018 Poet Laureate for Owen Sound, will be hosting children’s activities and ‘poetry smash‘. Lauren will be joined by participates from the Owen Sound Library, the Owen Sound Multicultural Arts & Craft Collective, and the Mental Health Association, who will be doing a range of children’s activities, such as songs, crafts, and puppet shows.

The Sydenham Sportsmen will have a ‘fish pond’ game for kids.

Also joining us onsite are Billy Bishop Museum, Reach, Pottawatomi Spinners & Weavers, and Grey Roots.

Rob Cotton: If you haven’t yet picked up a copy of his book,  Owen Sound Harbour: A Photographic History, he will be joining us at the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre. ($35.00)

On the Water

The Coast Guard will be in the harbour, moored on the west side and you will be able to offer tours of the vessel (while moored only).

There will be some tugs in the harbour.
You can watch the tug-of-war matches from the west side of the harbour. 1 p.m.

There may also be a few surprises.

Please join us for this fun day.



Cancelled: Explore Tobermory – Wednesday, June 27, 2018 — Bus Trip

8:30 am   Gather at Community Waterfront Heritage Centre, 1155 1st Avenue West, Owen Sound. Doors open. Bus loading. 56 passenger highway coach with washroom & AC.
8:45 am All passengers on board bus
9:00 am Bus departs Owen Sound for Tobermory
10:30 am  Arrive at the Bruce Peninsula National Park Visitor Centre. Explore the Visitor Centre, visit the shops, have lunch in the village
1:45 pm Gather at the “Blue Heron Tours” dock
2:00 pm Heritage Walking Tour of Little Tub Harbour departs
3:45 pm Begin boarding bus for return to Owen Sound
4:00 pm Bus departs Tobermory for Owen Sound
5:30 pm Arrive in Owen Sound, at CWHC 



Includes transportation by highway coach to and from Owen Sound, admission to the Bruce Peninsula National Park, and a guided Heritage Walking Tour of Little Tub Harbour.

For more information call 519-371-3333 or email


It is Beginning to Look a lot like . . . “Christmas Train Sale”

It’s beginning to look a lot like ….

The Community Waterfront Heritage Centre is holding a fundraising sale of vintage, handmade and pre-loved Christmas decorations in the historic 1932 CNR station. All proceeds from the sale of the items will support CWHC and local heritage preservation.

CWHC has been accepting donations of Christmas décor from members of the public and local businesses.

The Christmas Train event is Saturday November 18, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Live music provided by Heather & Doug Brown, The 

Brown’s Musical Time Machine, of Meaford. 

Children’s activities (while supplies last).

Christmas Train Poster 2017 November 18 at CWHC Owen Sound

Christmas train 2016 some items for sale

Christmas decorations wanted for 2017 Christmas Train Sale

In November of this year we had a very successful Christmas Train Sale. Thank you to everyone who made donations and to those who made purchases. We are already looking ahead to 2017.

Have you got the tree up?

If you find you have more Christmas decor than you need, don’t pack it away —  consider donating it to CWHC- for next year’s Christmas Train fundraising sale. Donations of handmade and gently used Christmas decorations are gratefully accepted, please call ahead to arrange for drop-offs.