Georgian bay festival

Georgian Bay Festival is a family focused event nestled in a beautiful rural setting in the Heart of Georgian Bay. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to experience good fun, food, music and experience the outdoor recreational lifestyle that Tiny Township has to offer. We will be showcasing and celebrating our local agriculture, food entrepreneurs, artists and craftsmen.

Like the petals surrounding a sunflower corona, “silos” containing different elements of our festival circle the central food hub. Our silos will include informative presentations, interactive Funzone for families and adventurers alike. There will be a market lane where vendors will offer visitors an opportunity to explore the many products produced in Simcoe County, as well as an event stage that will offer exceptional talent and entertainment. Lastly, Memory Lane will showcase a favourite event, Georgian Bay Park’s Third Annual Vintage Trailer Show & Shine.

Visitors will be able to enjoy a safe COVID-19 regulated outdoor event that includes family washroom facilities, accessible entrance, ATM services and plenty of Sunflowers. In a supervised environment, children and adults will be able to interact with Farm Animals and Tiny Township’s first BeeLine.

Come and Witness the vast planting of Sunflowers that symbolize harvest, bounty, friendship, loyalty, long life, good fortune and vitality. It is at the Georgian Bay Festival where new friendships can begin and old ones re-unite in 2021.

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Stubbs- Orok Family history at Woodland Beach

Our families have been part of Woodland Beach since the 1940s.

Originally the Orok and Wattie families settled in the Midhurst region in the 1840s from Scotland.

They were some of the hard-working pioneer families of the Midhurst area, and Vespra Township (now Springwater) with farms on the 3rd line. The Wattie Stone House is still standing on Highway 26 near Wilson Drive.

When our aunt Velma Orok visited her good friend Orpha Hickling at Woodland Beach in the 1940s- she bought her first cottage at what is now 2059 Tiny Beaches Rd South. This was close to Silver Birch Trail, the beautiful sandy beach, and marvellous dunes for playing hide and go seek in.

This first little cottage was the centre for years of wonderful summers for Velma’s extended family- our parents Gerald and Elizabeth Stubbs, our grandmother Pearl Orok, and the three Stubbs children- Bob, Barbara and Donald.

Memorable times growing up in the 1960s- 1970s include important friendships with the Carrick, Kyle, Norwood, Barker and Bickerstaff families. We recall scooping endless ice cream cones at Whitfields beach store, singing at the Woodland Beach Community Church services, attending summer vacation bible school in the dunes with the Faith Missionaries and watching thrilling adventure movies at the Ship- A-Hoy.

We learned how to ride our bikes on Woodgreen Lane, dive for clay and crayfish in the bay, ride horses at the local stables and play Scrabble crokinole, Canasta and Hearts. Big events of the summer were trips to see movies with our parents at the Elmvale drive in and the amusement park at Wasaga- with the scary Wild Mouse ride!

Fast forward to present time- Donald and his wife Janice are now the owners of the Georgian Bay Park. This beautiful location on the Nipissing Ridge is on land that was originally farmed by the Beacock and Tripp families. His current cottage is on the former site of the boys camp- Camp Onondaga. A place that family traditions are still being enjoyed by family and friends!