Arts and Culture

Huron-Kinloss is home to a vibrant arts, culture and heritage scene that make this a great community to live, work and play. You will find historic landmarks, such as the Point Clark Lighthouse; beautiful beaches and natural surroundings; cultural industries; organizations that work towards enhancing both the physical and social aspects of the community; fun events for all ages; and spaces that foster creativity.

Please visit our Community Calendar page for a full listing of current events or you can Submit an Event  to be included on the calendar.

Arts and Cultural Attractions

Bruce Botanical Food Gardens

The Bruce Botanical Food Gardens (BBFG) displaying a diverse collection of sustainable, organic food plants of the rare, endangered and heirloom varieties. This not-for-profit organization started in 2012 and is run by volunteers who help with everything from planting to harvesting to offering their expertise to building projects.

As a public learning centre and food-based tourist attraction, the BBFG offers a variety of educational programming and events for all ages based on issues surrounding food security and sustainable food production. The unique varieties of food harvested from the garden provide people with fresh, healthy, organic food options.

Come enjoy our rustic surroundings, reconnect with food and its sometimes crazy history. Some of our plants date back to 4000BC!

Erie Belle Boiler

The Erie Belle Boiler was a Great Lakes Steamer that exploded on November 21, 1883 while trying to rescue a stranded schooner Carter. Following the explosion, the remains of the Erie Belle were dragged closer to shore and disassembled, leaving the boiler about 20 metres offshore, where it remains today as remains a lasting memorial to Lake Huron Sailors.

Depending on the level of the lake from year to year, the Erie Belle boiler can be completely out of the water, or in shallow water within a metre of shore. The area where the Erie Belle boiler now rests, is known to locals Boiler Beach. Several access points for Boiler Beach are available along Boiler Beach Rd. Seasonal Washrooms are located at the west end of Conc 12, and Penetangore Row access.

Fairs and Festivals

Lucknow Fall Fair

Bale Tossing, Mutton Busting, Pony Rides, 4-H Shows, Homemade Goodies and a Parade are just a few activities to enjoy each year at the annual Lucknow Fall Fair. This event takes place the 3rd Saturday in

September each year.

 

Ripley Fall Fair

A mammoth Parade, Tractor Pull, Exhibits, 4-H Shows and exciting Midway are just some events you don't want to miss at the Ripley-Huron Fall Fair. This event takes place the last weekend in September each year.

 

Lucknow Strawberry Summerfest

Strawberry Tarts, Strawberry Ice Cream, and Pancakes and Strawberries are some of the tasty treats you will enjoy at the annual Lucknow Strawberry Festival. This event is held the 3rd weekend in June and offers much more than just strawberries! Family fun activities, face painting, pony rides and an adult baseball tournament will keep you busy all weekend. Don't miss the Fresh-Picked berries or have fun in the field and pick your own strawberries!

 

Lucknow Kite Festival

You don't want to miss this event! One of the area's largest kite shows with events for the whole family. This 2-day event is held in September at Graceland Fields in Lucknow. Watch the Facebook Page for up-to-date information.

History Books

The Township of Huron-Kinloss is selling copies of the Families and Farms of Huron Township and Ripley 2015 for $70.00 each. Copies of Ripley Huron Sports Memories for sale for $20.00 each. Call the Township Office at 519-395-3735 to set one aside or stop by and pick one up at 21 Queen St., Ripley.

Historical Walking Tours

The Historical Walking Tours of both Lucknow and Ripley, are available online by following the link provided below. Brochures are available at the Municipal Office in Ripley and at the Lucknow Tourism Office. They are also available to download.

Electronic Lucknow Historical Walking Tour 

Electronic Ripley Historical Walking Tour

HuronTel Museum

Since 1911, Huron Telecommunications Co-operative Ltd. has provided telecommunications services to residents and businesses in Huron and Bruce Counties. Today, they provide local customers with phone, internet, TV services and much more.

There are two separate rooms in the entrance of their main office in Ripley, which are dedicated to preserving the original manual phone switches to an ‘ancient' computer. Even the original stools the switchboard operators used on a daily basis remain in the space.

HuronTel is located at 60 Queen Street, Ripley and is open Monday to Friday from 8:30am – 4:00pm. Call 1-877-395-3800 or visit Hurontel.ca for more information.

Lucknow HAWK Theatre

Huron Ashfield Waswanosh Kinloss (HAWK) Theatre provides audiences with entertaining amateur theatre performances. Past performances include Aladdin Kids, Return to Wonderland, and Jack of Diamonds.

Music in the Fields

For 12 years, Lucknow`s Music in the Fields has brought world-class talent to community including artists and bands such as Blake Shelton, Billy Currington, Big & Rich, Jake Owen James Barker and many more.

This 3-day event is held on Graceland Festival Grounds, 557 Walter St., Lucknow, ON.

Point Clark Lighthouse and Museum

The Point Clark Lighthouse is located at 529 Lighthouse Road, Point Clark and was built in the late 1850s to warn ships about the point that protrudes into Lake Huron and of the dangerous sandbars near the shoreline.

This National Historic Site was one of the first ‘imperial towers' to flash its light. Six of these towers were built by John Brown on Lake Huron and Georgian Bay in the 1850s. Built of limestone from nearby Inverhuron, the Point Clark Lighthouse stands 26.5 metres (80 feet) high, featuring 114 steps to get to the top. The stone tower is topped by a 12-sided lantern framed in cast iron, with a domed roof. A bronze lion head at each angle of the eaves directs rainwater away from the tower.

The lighthouse was acquired by Parks Canada in 1967 to commemorate the vital role of lighthouses in navigation on the Great Lakes. The lightkeeper's dwelling, built at the same time as the Lighthouse, is now operated as a museum by the Township of Huron-Kinloss.

For more information about the Point Clark Lighthouse email the Business & Economic Officer or call 519-3953735. Bruce Coast Lighthouses has details about all Lighthouses along the shoreline of Lake Huron.