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Monday, November 12, 2018

Cargill Is Drawing Attention

Cargill | by Robyn Garvey  

The Greenock Swamp, a mini train, blacksmith shop & historical interest are putting it back on the map.

Photo: brockton.ca 

A project to boost tourism to a small village is being hailed a great success, as history came alive this summer in the quaint village of Cargill.

This is largely in thanks to the recent efforts to use Cargill’s rich history to help breath new life into the villages future.

Over the past summer the village of Cargill was transformed into a living breathing historical exhibition complete with a mini train, blacksmith shop and bright historical characters displayed on empty storefronts throughout the downtown.

Visitors from as far away as Europe and B.C. took in the tourist experience.

The interactive historical tours of Cargill accompanied by the Saugeen Conservation's ever so popular Tours of the Greenock Swamp are being credited by locals for putting Cargill back on the map.

In the late 1800’s this once thriving logging village was one of the most prosperous communities in all of Ontario.

This has been a shared venture between the Saugeen Conservation Authority, Brockton and the community.

When Conservation Communications Manager Shannon Wood first pitched the idea of a interactive historical downtown to Brockton Council last May she promised it would boost tourism.

Wood delivered on her promise.  All of the Greenock Swamp tours were sold out, and visitors from near and far visited the  village over the summer months to relive the late 1800’s.

The project has been so successful that plans are already underway for next Summer and tickets are on sale for the 2019 Greenock Swamp Tours.

These tours focus on the legends, lore and bootlegging history of the Greenock Swamp.

The Greenock Swamp is the largest wetland in all of Southern Ontario.

The swamps significance combined with rich history of Cargill makes it an ideal tourist destination.

In the late 1800's Henry Cargill logged massive amounts of white pine from the Greenock Swamp and employed hundreds of people which helped form the village of Cargill during the largest logging era that ever took place in Bruce County.

The next step says Wood is to grow the tourist experience as well as work with the County for Spruce the Bruce eligibility for Cargill.

Organizers would also like to introduce town banners, picnic areas, trail development, more food vendors as well as have the  Visitor Centre open again.

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