Harbour Days marks Gore Bay’s 125th with best ever celebration

GORE BAY— This year Gore Bay is going all out for its annual Harbour Days Weekend (even more so than usual) in celebration of the town’s 125th anniversary.

“We have added some great new events and activities this year and it is looking like a great weekend,” said Gore Bay Clerk Annette Clark. “We had an amazing Canada Day and brought out a lot of people, so we are hoping for another well attended event.”

“Everything is really family focussed for the weekend,” continued Ms. Clark, “so there is something for everyone and for all interests whether those interests are the arts, recreation, food or just all around fun.”

The fun kicks off this Friday morning with a farmers’ market at the waterfront from 9 am to 1 pm.

At 3 pm, Gore Bay Child Care will present ‘Reptilia’ at the tent on the waterfront. Admission is free.

At 4 pm the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Big Bike will make its way through town. Want to ride? Contact the municipal office at 705-282-2420 or scar@gorebay.ca for more information. All proceeds will go towards the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Get your glow on at the kids ‘glow’ dance for kids 12 and under from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Gore Bay Legion basement. Admission is $2 and funds raised will go to the Gore Bay Recreation Committee.

The Sandy McCutcheon Campbell Memorial Slowpitch Ball Tournament is sure to be a homerun and will start at the Gore Bay Ballfield on Park Street at 7 pm.

The Gore Bay Theatre will lift the curtain on ‘The Last Romance’ at 7:30 pm at the Gore Bay Community Centre. Tickets are $18 in advance and available at the Gore Bay Municipal office or are $20 (cash) at the door (doors open at 7 pm).

Cap off the day by enjoying live music from 8 pm to 1 am from ‘The Uppers’ at the beer gardens.

Saturday morning the day will start with the continuation of the Sandy McCutcheon Campbell Memorial Slowpitch Ball Tournament.

There will be a pancake breakfast at the Ron McQuarrie Memorial Gazebo by the tennis courts from 9 to 11 am. Breakfast is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

The flag will drop for the soap box derby at 10 am. The race will start at the corner of Borron and Meredith Streets. The event is sponsored by the Gore Bay Western Manitoulin Lions Club and boasts great prizes to be won. Contact the municipal officer for rules and to register.

‘It’s Not a Party Without Us’ will be on site at the waterfront with bouncy castles and carnival food from 10 am to 2 pm.

Feed the hunger with the Lions Club famous beef on a bun luncheon from 11 am to 2 pm at the Ron McQuarrie Memorial Gazebo. The cost is $6 a bun, plus $1 for pop or water. All proceeds will go to the Gore Way Western Manitoulin Lions Club.

Get out on the water with North Channel Cruise Line from 11:30 to 5 pm. The cruise line will be voyaging from Little Current to Gore Bay via the Benjamin Islands, stopping for a fish fry in Gore Bay. Visit northchanneltours.com to book or for more information.

There will be kite flying starting at noon on the waterfront, with free kites to the first 50 participants, sponsored by Central Guardian Pharmacy.

The beer gardens will open for the day at noon.

The tent on the waterfront will feature live music from noon until 5 pm.

Be sure to check out the Classic Car show sponsored by Jewell’s Collison Centre from 1 to 5 pm at the waterfront.

The 4th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta will be held at the waterfront beach, south of the marina main dock. There will be three categories—youth, family and open. There will be prizes for all categories, but the open grand prize will be a CYC charter to the Benjamin Islands (valued at $650, excludes fuel). For complete rules and details and to pre-register contact the Gore Bay Municipal Office.

There will be fly boarding shows and rides from 10 am to 4 pm. There will be a limited number of riders allowed during the time period. Interested riders must be 16 years of age or older and are required to sign a waiver. The cost is $10 per rider. Registration starts at 10 am and names will be entered into a draw with the first eight names drawn allowed to ride.

Come see the Tall Ship Tours ‘The Playfair’ from 10 am to 4 pm docked at the Gore Bay Marina main dock.

‘Flights of Birds and Living Waters’ will be on at the Gore Bay Harbour Centre from 1 to 4 pm, featuring poetry and short story readings.

The Gore Bay Rotary Fish Fry is sure to be a treat and will be held from 5 to 7 pm. Tickets are $17 or $8 for children 12 and under.

The Gore Bay Theatre will present ‘Agnes of God’ at 7:30 pm at the Gore Bay Community Centre. Advance tickets are $18 available at the Gore Bay municipal office or $20 (cash only) at the door (doors open at 7 pm).

North Channel Cruise Line will depart on a Gore Bay evening tour from 8 pm to 10:30 pm.

Get your boogie on at the Harbour Days Dance at the Gore Bay Arena from 9 pm to 2 am featuring the band ‘Thin Ice.’ Tickets are $10 in advance, available at the Gore Bay Legion and Gore Bay Loco Beanz or at the door for $15.

Sunday morning will start with an ecumenical church service under the waterfront tent at 11 am. There will be a potluck to follow the service.

North Channel Cruise Line will be cruising to Darch Island Beach, departing from Gore Bay from noon to 6 pm.

‘Flights of Birds and Living Waters’ will be on again from 1 to 4 pm at the Gore Bay Harbour Centre, featuring poetry and short story readings.

The fun filled weekend will conclude with the Gore Bay Theatre’s production ‘Murmel, Murmel, Mortimer,º Munsch’ (a children’s play) at 2 pm at the Gore Bay Community Centre. Tickets are available for purchase at the door (cash only) and are $5 for children 13 and under and $7 for youth 14 and up.

For a complete list of events or for more information visit gorebay.ca or call 705-282-2420.