MPP Carol Mitchell and Minister of Natural Resources Donna Cansfield Visit Chantry Island.
MPP Carol Mitchell & Minister Donna Cansfield prepare to board the Peerless
From the Annual Chinook Salmon Fishing Derby lunch
Friday, July 4th, in Tiverton, MPP Carol Mitchell and her special guest,
the Minister of Natural Resources, Donna Cansfield, headed off to
Southampton. There they boarded the Peerless tour boat, operated by the
Marine Heritage Society, for a tour of Chantry Island.
MPP Mitchell carries protection in case
Minister Cansfield and Assistant Rebecca climb path up to the lighthouse
Once the Peerless docked, the visitors were forewarned that, because
the island is a designated bird sanctuary the nesting seagulls can be
very protective of their fledglings and, therefore, each visitor is
required to hold a stick overhead to prevent possible attack while
walking from the docks to the lighthouse.
.Relaxing in the restored Keeper's Quarters
Minister Cansfield signs the Guestbook
MPP Carol Mitchell adds her name to the book
Following their trek up into the lighthouse, they toured the Keepers' Quarters which has been completely restored, complete with furnishings donated by the Bruce Country Museum & Cultural Centre.
MPP Carol Mitchell and Minister Donna Cansfield tour the gardens
Minister Cansfield conveyed considerable knowledge when it came to the historic artifacts found throughout the house. "This type of restoration is very important. These destinations are part of history and we have to do all we can to ensure that they will be there for future generations. They have to at least be given the opportunity of knowing what history has brought to us."
Minister Cansfield, Saugeen Metis President, Jim McLay and MPP Carol Mitchell
Upon returning to the harbour, the two politicians met and had a
brief discussion with Jim McLay, President of the Saugeen (Sanguinge)
Metis and who was also on the Board of the Marine Heritage Society.