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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

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!

MLE Designs created three beautiful interactive butterfly murals, one in each of our communities, in the summer of 2021. Each mural celebrates the history and culture of the community where it is located. Thank you to the Province of Ontario for contributing $12,415 through the Rural Economic Development (RED) fund towards this project. Also thank you to Community Foundation Grey-Bruce for providing $3,000 of funding towards this project. Thank you also to the community organizations, residents and visitors who provided ideas of elements to include on each butterfly.

Point Clark Butterfly Mural

The Point Clark mural is on the west side of the public washroom building across from the Point Clark Lighthouse. In this mural, you will find:

  • the Point Clark Lighthouse
  • a seaman's lantern hung in a pine tree
  • an ice cream cone
  • fireworks
  • bonfires
  • waves and shipwrecks
  • an adirondack chair
  • the colour yellow for the light shining from the Lighthouse
  • shades of blue representing the lake
Lucknow Butterfly Mural

The Lucknow mural is on the east side of Everlastings Flowers and Gifts. In this mural, you will find:

  • A mandala for Lucknow's name sake
  • a hockey stick and medal to represent our successful athletes
  • wheat for the area farmers and Lucknow logo
  • music notes, a guitar, a music scale and field to represent Music in the Fields
  • strawberries for the annual Strawberry Summerfest
  • a tartan, pole and rock to represent the Caledonia games
  • various flowers to represent community organizations and all the work they do
Ripley Butterfly Mural

The Ripley mural is on the side of The Hub facing Huron St. In this mural, you will find:

  • wheel hub representing "The Hub of Huron"
  • ferris wheel, maple leaf, crown and tent for the Ripley Fall Fair
  • mix of vegetables and flowers for the Bruce Botanical Food Gardens
  • curling rock, skate and wolf for sports and the Ripley Wolves
  • roses and flowers for the community organizations
  • a tartan, Scottish man and sign with 1852 on it for the Lewis Settlers
  • apples and tree branches for the Ripley Rail Trail (old railway line) and the Ripley Apple
  • the colours blue, yellow and purple to represent the Ripley Lions Club
  • the colour green for the Ripley logo

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.

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.

The Township of Huron-Kinloss is selling copies of the following publications:
  • Families and Farms of Huron Township and Ripley 2015  ($70.00)
  • A History of Huron and it's hub Ripley 1975 ($60.00)
  • Ripley Huron Sports Memories ($20.00)
  • Footprints in Time: Stories and Tales from Huron Township Celebrating 150 years of the Ripley-Huron Agricultural Society ($5.00)

Call the Township Office at 519-395-3735 to set one aside or stop by and pick one up at 21 Queen St., Ripley.

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

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 for more information.

In preparation for the 2018 Lucknow Reunion, the Lucknow Chamber of Commerce set out to spruce up the community by transforming the fire hydrants into whimsical designs painted by local residents. The designs included a bubble gum machine, an alligator and Garfield the cat even made an appearance! The initiative was a roaring success and the community even voted to award a first, second and third place title (they were all worthy of awards!). Coming in first place was the design – Under the Sea; Second place was the “Firefighter Tribute; and third place went to “Gnome House.” 

Unfortunately, the fire hydrants had to be re-painted to comply with the Ontario Fire Code but we didn't want to forget the amazing works of art that were created by our local residents. Check out the Art of Fire photo gallery to see for yourself!

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.

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.

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.

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