The Gore Bay Harbour Centre is a fascinating place filled with fascinating people. You really should stop in and see them. Even the building is remarkable. The frame is from a 19th century mill transplanted from Toronto, complete with massive wood beams and lots of character. The Centre is just a few steps north of the docks too, so it's easy to visit.
The community hall on Meredith Street is the home of the Gore Bay Theatre Company, and the sign by the sidewalk is the best place to see what will be playing soon.
This award-winning theatre company is led by director Walter Maskell and features a range of plays during July and August. Their most recent production, John Pielmeier's Agnes of God, co-directed with Andrea Emmerton, won a number of QUONTA awards, including Outstanding Visual Presentation, Outstanding Supportin Actress, Outstanding Production, Outstanding Original Music, and actor Kayla Greenman earning an Adjudicator Award for "passion and willingness to grow."
Gore Bay has a long tradition of live theatre, dating back to the 1950s. The tradition continues.
Many small towns have a museum, but you'd be hard pressed to find anything as well done as the Gore Bay & Western Manitoulin Museum. Perhaps we're biased, but this place really has to be seen to be believed. Nicole Weppler is the tireless and talented lady behind this exceptional museum, and no visit to Gore Bay is complete without seeing what she and her team have created over the last twenty years.
The museum is housed in the original limestone jailer's house (a classic example of Scottish broken ashlar stonework), plus a more recent addition built to match. In addition to artifacts from Manitoulin history, the museum also hosts a full schedule of art shows and exhibits. Even if you're not into old stuff, this museum has something for you. The quality rivals anything you'll find in any city. Just walk west from the red roof pavilion at the south end of the docks, past the LCBO store on your left, and up the hill to the museum entrance on the right, just past Phipps Street.
It wasn't until the late 1950s that Manitoulin Island was connected to southern Ontario by road. Until then shipping on the Great Lakes was the main way goods and people moved around. The William Purvis Marine Museum keeps the memories of this long heritage alive. Located on the third floor of the Harbour Centre, this collection of artifacts, photos, writings and hardware dates back to the earliest days of active shipping on the Great Lakes. Local marine historian Buck Longhurst contributes his experience and passion to make this place a must-see destination, especially for those who come to Gore Bay by water. Open 12 to 4, Wednesday to Sunday during the boating season.