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Town of Midland looking forward to another great summer season

Midland Harbour opening again May 1

Midland Harbour, the gateway to downtown Midland and the beautiful blue waters of Georgian Bay, will be open for another fantastic season on May 1.

“We are looking forward to opening for another wonderful summer season,” said Town of Midland Manager of Culture and Community, Karen Mealing. “There are opportunities for boaters to rent seasonal or transient boat slips, and we are ready to welcome back all of our visitors.”

Midland Harbour is visited by several international cruise ship lines, which will be resuming their trips to the Great Lakes shortly. As well, the Harbour is along the Trans Canada Trail, which is accessible for pedestrians and cyclists.

“Downtown Midland, with wonderful stores and restaurants, is right here, and a great place to stroll and shop,” said Mealing, noting that the Harbour provides tourism information for those looking to make the most out of their trip to this unique part of Ontario.


Midland is also home to several family-friendly and fun festivals, including the world-famous Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival.

“The first festival of the year is our Kids Fishing Derby, on June 1, from 9 a.m. to noon,” explained Mealing. “Kids get to fish for free, and there are prizes, food, and lots of fun.”

The following Saturday - June 8 - is the butter tart festival, which brings 1000s of people to this gem of a town on Georgian Bay. “It is definitely the sweetest day of the year and our downtown and waterfront parks hosts vendors, the Egg Farmers of Ontario Butter Tart Contest, live entertainment, a Kids Zone, and more,” said Mealing.

August 16 to 17, Midland and the Midland Harbour is home to the Georgian Bay Tugboat Festival. “There will be a parade of lights on the Friday evening and on Saturday there will be a tug race, tug demonstrations and a tug push contest. Ribfest is happening in Harbourside Park with a variety of ribs, music, and drinks, so there will be lots to do all weekend,” said Mealing.


“Midland Harbour can be accessed by boat or car. Once here, visitors can walk or cycle along the Trans Canada Trail or grab an ice cream cone or coffee and take a stroll in the downtown and explore the great shops or enjoy a delicious meal,” said Mealing. “There is so much to do in Midland and we are ready to host everyone for another great summer.”

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