Marine Heritage Festival to celebrate rich history of Lake Huron and Chantry Island


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When it comes to festivals in Bruce County, Port Elgin has Pumpkinfest, Wiarton has Wiarton Willy Festival and Kincardine has the Scottish Music Festival.

This summer however, Southampton in Saugeen Shores, will have its own festival celebrating the vast marine heritage of the area and the coast of Lake Huron ... the Marine Heritage Festival.

It is the 10th Anniversary of the Chantry Island Lighthouse restoration that has prompted the Marine Heritage Festival in celebration of one of the few Imperial lighthouses found on Lake Huron and to reflect the marine history of the region.

The festival will be held on the long weekend in August and is expected to feature a variety of activities including a dance, concert, fish fry and, of course, tours to Chantry Island.

Saugeen Times, the hyper-local community-based on-line news source for the area, is pleased to be able to feature a series of historical articles by Mike Sterling, one of the founding members and a driving force behind the island restoration project.

We are establishing a separate category ... Marine Heritage Festival ... that can be accessed through the buttonized portal at the top of the page within the banner below Tourist Information.  Look for it as shown below:


We hope our readers will enjoy the series and the opportunity to learn about the rich marine heritage that is found within the Great Lakes basin and on the shores of Lake Huron and, more specifically, in Southampton.

Sandy Lindsay,






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