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Out of the Archives…the Tall Ships are coming!

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The Tall Ships – 1812 Tour is coming to Owen Sound this week! With this exciting event on the horizon, it is a great time to look back at the anticipation for other big events in the area’s history which took place on the scenic waterfront. Take a look at the poster from Canada Day in 1899 promoting the Grand Opening of McLauchlan Park and Balmy Beach Summer Resort. Advertising for this formal opening mentions many festivities to take place on the water. These activities included live music, yacht races, games, excursions, an aquatic carnival, and other amusements. Music to be provided, in part, by the Governor-General’s Famous Body Guard Band, “the greatest musical organization and finest uniformed band in Canada.” This must have been one incredible event. Even the Prime Minister of Canada at the time, Sir Wilfred Laurier, was slated for attendance!

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