RICE LAKE — The first ever heritage boat tour is being planned for Rice Lake with a brochure and on-board commentary outlining about 100 heritage sites and historical events that took place on and around the lake over the past century or more, Hamilton Township councillors heard during Tuesday is meeting.
Using upwards of 10 pontoon boats departing from Tower Manor, about 60 participants will see areas of historical significance between Bewdley and Harwood, including many island locations, Hamilton Township Heritage Committee spokesperson Les Houston told councillors.
From artifacts like remnants of the cross-lake elevated railway line to the lake-side farm pioneered by early settler and well-known author, Catharine Parr Traill, those on board will also see where early boat-making establishments were located, various historical mills and even some of the 1930s cottages that remain today, Houston said.
The cost of the venture, with most of the boats donated, is estimated around $3,000 and at $50 per ticket including an $8 lunch, the payback should be about $1,000, actually making money for further heritage activities, he said.
Details of the tour are still being firmed up but the day-long event, including on-board historians, is planned for Saturday, Aug. 18 (9-4) with the rain date of Aug. 19, should the weather be uncooperative.
"The purpose is to help bring more awareness to the importance of the Rice Lake area heritage sites, historical significant buildings and history – which should help boost county tourism," Houston is presentation states.
Lunch is planned at the Charles Sorby House (Fircliff) built about 1875 where there are many local historical artifacts, paintings and decoys, councillors were told.