One of the reasons why we love the Heart of Georgian Bay is the lively arts, culture, nature and heritage scene we experience every day.
This Christmas season share your love of the fantastic parts of our community by giving the gift of exploration and locally sourced experiences.
In this list, we have shared with you our favorite Heart of Georgian Bay experiences that are sure to please (with a few extras that will look lovely wrapped up under the tree!).
GIVE THE GIFT OF LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Tickets for the 2020 Drayton Entertainment make a fantastic Christmas present.
Here’s a top-five holiday gift guide for King’s Wharf Theatre:
Purchase an online Gift Certificate. Print and wrap for your loved one. Let them choose any show in the 2020 theater season.
Surprise a friend with tickets to Rock of Ages. A gift certificate to the Boathouse Eatery makes an extra special evening out.
Buy tickets for Sleeping Beauty The Panto for your family, treat them to dinner dockside at The World Famous Dock Lunch before the performance.
A gift of tickets to Fiddler on the Loose paired with dinner at Captain Robert's Table would be perfect for the grandparents in your life.
Treat mom to a girl's night out with two tickets to The Dixie Swim Club.
More Information: http://bit.ly/2stegsW
A GIFT FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HISTORY, SHIPS & UNIQUE BOOKS
Located in Port McNicoll, the S.S. Keewatin is the only surviving Edwardian steamship in the world!
The S.S. Keewatin Steel & Steam (Memorabilia Compendium) is more than a book, this is a memorabilia compendium featuring a biography of this ship in pictures, and the history of ships and shipping on the Great Lakes with Keewatin as the reference. Memorabilia include both original and reproduced artifacts. The Deluxe Edition includes "Bring Her On Home" and "Murdoch Mysteries Season 7: Episode 1".
Pricing: $99.95 - $149.95
More Information: https://sskeewatin.com/book/
GIVE THE GIFT OF NATURE APPRECIATION
Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre Memberships start at $60.00 and include unlimited day admission to the Wye Marsh trails and exhibits, discounts in the gift shop, on equipment rentals, workshops and day camp fees.
Do you have a Nature Enthusiast on your Christmas list? Adoptions are a thoughtful and meaningful gift for a friend, loved one or colleague who shares your passion for nature. Options for adoption include birds of prey, reptiles, swans, wild birds and chickadees.
More Information: http://bit.ly/33HXTFL
A GIFT FOR FAMILIES AND EVENT AFICIONADOS
A Sainte-Marie among the Hurons and Discovery Harbour Super Pass is a double-whammy, all-access pass to Historic FUN! This pass holds incredible value for visits to both historic sites all year-long, including their award-winning events like Pumpkinferno, First Light and the Skate Trail!
Pricing: $29.95 +hst per person
Saint Marie Among the Hurons: http://bit.ly/33K9K6A
Discovery Harbour: http://bit.ly/2OBK8Ep
THE GIFT OF FAMILY HERITAGE
Built in 1875, the original C. Beck Lumber Office and General Store is now the site of the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Archives.
Family history researchers will find the archives invaluable, while families love to explore the nooks and crannies of the museum and take part in special events and programming.
Annual memberships start at $35.00 for an individual and $50.00 for a family.
More Information: http://bit.ly/35Kxzwm
GIVE THE GIFT OF CONNECTION
The Martyrs’ Shrine Association is a membership into a spiritual community of prayer. A season's pass for 2020 provides access to the church and serene 75 acres of gardens.
Pricing for an annual membership starts at just $25.00.
More Information: http://bit.ly/2r7fwBE
GIVE THE GIFT OF UNDERSTANDING LOCAL HISTORY AND CULTURE
Huronia Museum features a replica of a “pre-contact” Huron/Ouendat village, including a lookout tower, wigwam and a full-size longhouse.
The museum itself features an exhibit gallery featuring tens of thousands of historic artifacts ranging from photographs, native archaeology, marine heritage of Georgian Bay and the largest Group of Seven collection north of the GTA.
Annual museum membership has many benefits including free admission to the museum, discounts in the gift shop and Summer Jam Camp as well as invitations to special events and exhibit receptions.
Annual Membership starts at $28.25.
More Information: http://bit.ly/2Y3xdOM
Huronia Museum Film Series brings TIFF caliber films to Midland moviegoers. The next series is shown in Spring 2020 at the Galaxy Theaters in Midland.
Individual tickets: $10 each
Six-Packs tickets: $54 each.
Buy TIckets: http://bit.ly/2qekBb6
GIVE THE GIFT OF PERFORMING ARTS
The Midland Cultural Centre combines performing arts, creative arts, visual arts, theatre in one unique facility. Visitors can take in a world-class performer like Chantal Kreviazuk, bring the kids to see a family-theater performance or learn from those in our community.
More Information and Ticket Purchase: http://bit.ly/2DAYazV
GIVE THE GIFT OF ART APPRECIATION
The Midland Cultural Centre is also home to Quest Art School & Gallery.
Give the gift of art appreciation with discounted art classes, exhibits and more.
Pricing: Individual Memberships start at $50.00
More Information: http://bit.ly/2Y3eEKC
If you would like more information about any of the above experiences, I'd be happy to hear from you.
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