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Chantry Island draws more tourists.

Saugeen Shores | by Craig Power  

A rainy summer didn't stop many from heading to the Island.

It may have been a rather rainy summer along the lighthouse coast, but that didn't stop people from heading across the water to see Chantry Island.

In fact, the Chair of the Southampton Marine Heritage Society tells Bayshore Broadcasting News the number of tours were up over last year.

"We experimented with some new items, new tours this year, one of which was the Island Tour followed by a sunset cruise, we did around the island tours this year on certain dates as well," says O'Connor.

While the numbers of people taking tours did increase this summer, O'Connor feels the rainy weather also worked against them at times, forcing them to cancel some of the boat tours due to water and lake conditions.

"We did have a number of weather related cancellations because we couldn't safely take our guests to the island," notes O'Connor.

But despite the weather, every boat tour was full to capacity.

Looking ahead, O'Connor hinted at some plans to increase the number of Chantry Island boat tours for next year.

"We need to train a lot more Captains because we have ambitious plans on expanding tours and so we need to grow our volunteer base but a lot of training needs to take place throughout the winter," says O'Connor.

The actual numbers and figures from this summer are not yet readily available at this time.

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