BARRIE ISLAND—The Civic Holiday weekend brings together family and friends annually for the “Tour de Barrie Island—in Search of the Sandhill Crane” event.

The “Tour” was held last Saturday afternoon under sunny skies and hot weather.

“We had a great time,” stated Carolyn Lane Rock, one of the organizers of the event, which originated in 1991.

“Our participants saw a total of four Sandhill cranes on the tour (around Barrie Island) this year,” Ms. Lane Rock told the Recorder. The Sandhill cranes were noticed by people who were bicycling on the tour route. “We had a total of 20 bicyclists and 30 walkers and joggers for the tour this year.”

“We had 85 people on hand for the dinner,” said Ms. Lane Rock, who pointed out participants come from far and wide, this year from places like Luxembourg and New Jersey.

Hudson Smith launches an arrow to
signify the start of the annual “Tour de Barrie Island-in Search of the Sandhill Crane” event.

The event always begins with the launching of an arrow, which was carried out by nine-year-old Huddson Smith this year.

Previously, Ms. Lane Rock explained that she and her sister Gloria attended a jazz festival in Montreal years ago. It was after a parade that they attended there that they got the idea of making a large Sandhill crane using a javex bottle and holding an event like the Tour de Barrie Island.

The original Tour de Barrie Island held in 1991 included 20 bicyclists, with three Sandhill cranes sighted and a total of 29 people on hand for the dinner.