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The Legendary Greenock Swamp

Book your tour today and learn more about the infamous Greenock Swamp, the largest forested wetland in Southern Ontario. 

Hear about the largest logging operation in Bruce County and the stories and legends of the 1800's. Learn about the logging camps, the hardships, the lore, and of course, Henry Cargill, the lumberbaron who started it all!

Cost:  The cost is $75.00 per person or $70.00 for two.  The tour(s) include bus transportation (for the tour itself), wine and/or beer tasting, snacks, and a famous Bruce County church supper, complete with all the trimmings and home-made pies!

Timing: Each tour takes place on a Saturday, from 2 - 7pm.  The full course meal, for each tour, is served at 5:30pm.  Please check dates below.

Attire: Individuals are encouraged to dress casually and dress for the weather.  No open-toes shoes please.  There is some walking involved, but not too much.  Individuals are certainly more than welcome to stay on the bus during these stops if they wish.

TOURS

Given the interest in this magnificent wetland and its rich culture, staff, in conjunction with Regional Tourism Organition 7 (RTO7), the Municipality of Brockton and Bruce County designed tours for the swamp that have been extremely popular. 

Tour #1 - Legends of the Great Swamp

This tour encompasses the legends and lore of this incredible natural area.  This swamp has always been a source of intrigue since the first Euopean settlers arrived in the mid-1800's.  Legends abound about man-eating plants, quick sand and a mysterious green light that has driven even the most dedicated outdoorsman, running for his life.

This tour features lots of legends and lore, as well as tours of local historic buildings (including the Chepstow Inn), wine tasting, a walk along the floating boardwalk system, a visit to the Village of Cargill, the centre of all the 1800's great logging era, a tour into the infamous Greenock Swamp, and to wrap everything up - a full course Bruce County church supper and more!

Contact publicinfo@svca.on.ca for more information or call 519-367-3040 ext. 229.  You can also book your tour at eventbrite.ca.

A general itinerary of the day can be found here.

Tour #2   Bootlegging Lore of the Great Swamp

This tour takes in the infamous prohibition era and the local stories and lore associated with moonshine production in this 20,000 acre (8,000 ha), swamp.  What a better place to hide and cook up the home-made brew! 

We'll talk about the hidden stills, the various ways of running from the law, the failures and the hilarious antics that went on during this time period in rural Ontario.  

Also included on this tour, is a visit to the Walkerton Jail which operated for 144 years.  Retrace the footsteps of the famous inmates and learn about the incredible escape artists.

As a finale, everyone can sit down to a full course turkey dinner, (one of the famous Bruce County church suppers), complete with home-made pies!  

 

 

 

 



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