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Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail: Of the 15 million African slaves who survived their captive trip to the United States, 40,000 fled to Canada in the 1830’s - to freedom. Through humanitarian efforts of many sympathizers, the “Underground Railroad” became an intricate network of people who hid slaves as they crossed the border. Quilts with elaborate coded designs on them directed the slaves northward. Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site near Dresden showcases this proud Canadian heritage.(Canada’sMost Southern Point)

If Walls Could Speak

If Walls Could Speak: Come. Let your sentence begin at the Huron Historic Gaol National Historic Site, located in picturesque Goderich. Sit in the cells and walk the exercise yards of criminals, vagrants and mentally ill who lived within the walls of this GAOL or JAIL from 1841 to 1972. Climb the spiral staircase to the former Council and Courtroom on the 3rd floor. In the 1860’s crowds witnessed public hangings, today they shop the popular Sunday Flea Markets. (Lake Huron and Georgian Bay Coastlines)

Beacons of Safety

Beacons of Safety: Stretching from Point Clark in the south to Tobermory in the north, the Bruce Coast Lighthouse Tour features 15 distinctive lighthouse and marine heritage sites along the shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. As picturesque as they are, the structures’ flashing lights served a necessary, practical function for past mariners. Take time to climb to the top, enjoy a tour boat ride, spot the “Phantom Piper”, learn marine navigational history, and discover shipwrecks.(Lake Huron and Georgian Bay Coastlines)

Grey Roots Take Hold

Grey Roots Take Hold: Come experience the intriguing stories of the people and communities of Grey County’s past and present at this exciting new GreyCounty facility. Grey Roots brings together the County’s Museum, Archives and Tourism Services through permanent and nationally touring exhibits, archival and genealogical resources, theatre, café, gift shop, events and more. A variety of enticing programs, events and exhibits designed to intrigue, excite and educate you, await you at Grey Roots. (Lake Huron and Georgian Bay Coastlines)

Tom Thomson Art

Tom Thomson Art: The Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery celebrates Owen Sound's designation as a Cultural Capital of Canada in 2004. From March to May, visitors can see masterworks in “The Changing Land: Modern British Landscape Painting”. During the summer, youngsters will love “ Museum of Safety Gear for Small Animals”. September’s The Limestone Barrens Project, pairs artists from the Owen Sound region, with Newfoundland and Ireland. Year-round, view works by Thomson, the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. (Lake Huron and Georgian Bay Coastlines)

Champions of Cheese

Champions of Cheese: An intriguing combination of cheese museum, community & agricultural museum, and old blacksmith shop waits for your discovery in Ingersoll. Located just north of the Elm Hurst Inn at Highway 401 and 19, this collection of old farm buildings houses "The Big Cheese" weighing 7,300 lbs. and displays about the cheese making process. The sports museum features the “Miss Canada IV Speedboat”, while the “Pathway of Giants” is showcased in the community museum. (Shakespearean Theatre and Lake Erie North Shore)

These Christmas Feelings Last All Year

These Christmas Feelings Last All Year: Take in the warmth and laughter of a 700 year old German Christmas tradition! World renowned for its special ceremonies, festivities, entertainment and outstanding selection of gifts and traditional food, the Christkindl Market in Kitchener is Canada’s original. With over 35,000 visitors from across North America annually, this free event has been awarded ‘Best New Festival’ in 1999 and one of the ‘Top 10 Events in Ontario’ in 2000, by Festivals & Events Ontario. (Northern Grand River Country and the Headwaters)

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