Summer Program – Course 4: Parry Sound to Owen Sound

Here is a flier for Toronto Brigantine’s Summer Program.

Each summer the tall ships sail around the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay.  In 2010, we have 8 courses offers. The transition points are at different spots around the lakes, but buses take the children back to and from Toronto.  Click here for the complete summer schedule.

The official summer sail schedue describes Course #4 as follows.

COURSE #4: Southern Georgian Bay and the Bruce Peninsula (Parry Sound to Owen Sound)

Departing: Saturday, July 31st Arriving: Saturday, Aug 7th Duration: 8 days                      Cost:  $1000

Departing scenic Parry Sound, explore the beautiful eastern shore of Georgian Bay. Visit some of the many beautiful islands, beaches and inlets that the bay is famous for and take a swim off the ship. Sail past Red Rock and find out why it got its name. Finally traverse Georgian Bay and return to picturesque Owen Sound, home of Billy Bishop, on the western side.

And what did I learn about this area:

  • There is a lighthouse of Red Rock Island which marks the main channel into Parry Sound. Of course, I had to sneak a peak and find out why Red Rock gots its name, but if I share here, does that spoil the anticipation?

  • Georgian Bay is sometimes called the sixth Great Lake.


  • Somewhere between Parry Sound and Owen Sound,  the brigantine’s will pass by Penetanguishene Bay- which is the home of Discovery Harbour.   From their website, “An Ontario tourism destination, Discovery Harbour is also home to the replica British sailing ships H.M.S. Tecumseth and H.M.S. Bee.  Tour the historic properties, including the restoration project on the Officers’ Quarters, and learn first-hand the challenges of shipwrights, sailors, soldiers and other military and civilian personnel at this isolated outpost built to defend Upper Canada.”   


  • Although it is after the brigantines pass by, on Aug 7, Discovery Harbour is hosting Metis Day, Bo’jou Neejee.  From their website:  “One of the compelling stories told at Discovery Harbour is the migration of the Military troops from Drummond Island, in Lake Huron, to the Penetanguishene Establishment in 1828. Many of the people involved in the transfer were Métis who supplied the Military effort by providing supplies and provisions to the soldiers. Through costumed interpretation, displays and guest artisans, the culture and lifestyle of the Métis who lived in the area and served the military personnel will be told.    *The term Bo’jou Neejee is derived from the French greeting Bonjour and the Ojibway word for Friend, Neejee. Bo’jou Neejee was a common greeting used during the fur trade in Canada and its native and non native origins reflect the strong association between the two groups.


  •  The Billy Bishop Home and Museum, in Owen Sound, is a National Historic Site.  Click here for their website.  Billy Bishop was one of the most decorated Canadians in World War I. The museum features artifacts from Canadian aviators in WWI and WWII.  They do lots of community events at the museum that sound like fun. On the weekend before we are scheduled to arrive there, July 23 and 24, they are having their Owen Sound Museums Heritage Days in conjunction with the Tugfest.   A new friend, Paul, has a tugboat and is helping with the organization of the event. Its a small world.  Isn’t this the cutest thing…

Isn’t this the greatest way to promote the Tugboat Fest


July 23-25 2010 – The Tugs are Coming!

Toronto Brigantine should get one of these floats  for the Tall Ships  – with the Banner, “The Tall Ships are Coming” – but of course we would have to be able to schedule driving it around!

Click here for a bunch of pictures from the different ports of calls from previous seasons. The pictures give a great idea of what adventures await the trainees this summer.

To sign up for Course 4:

Happy sailing.

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