Sad News: Former GYC member Bob Day has passed away

Dear GYC Members,

We are sad to share the news that former GYC Member Bob Day has passed away.

Below is a copy of the Owen Sound Sun Times article about him.

On behalf of the GYC Board of Directors, I would like to extend our condolences to Bob’s family and friends.


Louise Johnsen

Family, friends remembering Bob Day, the man who helped create Bruce Peninsula, Fathom Five national parks

Denis Langlois 
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Published on: June 13, 2019 | Last Updated: June 13, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

A private celebration of life is planned for July for Bob Day, whose work during a contentious period on the Bruce Peninsula in the 1980s led to establishing the area’s two national parks.

The Owen Sound man, who was the first superintendent of Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park, died June 5 at age 77.

His children, Jeremy and Tobin Day, said their father’s key role in creating the parks, now part of the Niagara Escarpment UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, was his proudest professional accomplishment.

“He put a lot of work into his dream of building that national park and he made it his personal mission in life for many years to get it done no matter the obstacles. I think all of us are lucky that he succeeded,” Jeremy Day said Thursday.

Tobin said her father’s memories of his time with the park were among the final things he forgot while enduring dementia.

“We made sure his room was filled with pictures of the Bruce and some of the paintings he’d been given when he retired in honour of his work,” she said.

“He was very passionate about his work with Parks Canada and I think it gave him a lot of meaning to have created something – he often talked about how the park was for the people. He very much wanted the locals to have something that was right for them.”

Born Feb. 7, 1942, in North Bay, Mr. Day grew up in Sarnia and later attended Lakehead College in North Bay. There, he met his future wife Joan Gibb, who he was married to for 52 years.

Mr. Day earned a degree in science and forestry from the University of New Brunswick before embarking on a career aimed at protecting the country’s natural places.

He worked as a forester for the province and with the Ontario parks program before joining Parks Canada in 1973.

Mr. Day became superintendent in September 1981 of Georgian Bay Islands National Park, which then included Flower Pot Island.

Three months later, the federal government announced public consultations to determine the feasibility of combining provincial and federal lands to establish a new national park on the upper Bruce Peninsula.

Mr. Day was chosen to co-ordinate the public consultation program.

In his 2012 self-published book “Shores of Heaven: The Birth of Bruce Peninsula National Parks,” Mr. Day wrote that establishing the new national park was a politically complicated process that would require approval of two municipalities and signing of a federal-provincial agreement.

It was Mr. Day’s job to secure the necessary local public approval. A documentary on the park described him as the government’s secret weapon in getting the communities to support the plan.

“He was the go-to guy for the national park. He was the liaison with the municipalities and the ratepayers’ groups and the First Nations’ groups. He was sort of the hub in the whole thing,” said Don Scott, a Bruce County planner at the time.

Mr. Day was “unbelievably dedicated” to his work, Scott recalled.

“With regard to the national park, it probably would have come, but it just came a lot faster and with greater results because Bob was involved in putting the pieces together,” he said.

The parks were established on July 20, 1987, following an exhaustive six-year process that included in-depth consultation.

During that time, the proposal ignited strong feelings on both sides. There were protests – including some bush fires set by opponents of the plan – heated public meetings and, as Mr. Day recalls in his book, a possible attempt to take his life at the height of the controversy.

A pro-park reeve was defeated and an anti-park group was created. A 1985 referendum by former Lindsay Township residents to not have their municipality included in the proposed park nearly derailed the proposal.

But, in the end, after an adjustment to the proposed park boundary as a result of the referendum, a federal-provincial agreement to establish the 380,0000-hectare national parks was signed. It included a list of 37 conditions, like those designed to protect private property rights.

Tobin Day, now a science/outdoor education teacher on the peninsula, said her father “was able to turn a lot of public opinion to make it feel OK to have a national park there.”

Mr. Day retired from Parks Canada in the early 1990s and became a real estate agent.

Scott, who wrote the forward to Shores of Heaven, said Mr. Day had a great sense of humour, was easy to get along with and loved the outdoors.

Jeremy Day, who remembers many outdoor adventures with his father and summers spent at Tobermory and Beausoleil Island, said Mr. Day believed “very much in the mission of the national parks service to make available to all Canadians the enjoyment of the outdoors.

“He wanted people to enjoy it,” he said.

And enjoy it they do. The parks, which include the popular Grotto and Cyprus Lake Campground, now welcome some 400,000 visitors annually, making them the busiest national parks in the province.

Sad News: Hazel McLean Passed Away

Dear GYC Members,

We are sad to share the news of Hazel McLean’s passing.

Obituary of Hazel McLean

Peacefully surrounded by the love of her family, at the Owen Sound Regional Hospital on Saturday, evening, June, 8th, 2019. Hazel Eileen McLean (nee Wilkin), of Owen Sound, at the age of 82 years.  First mate for life of Stanley “Sonny” McLean for 63 years. Loving mother of Paul McLean (Myrna) and Bob McLean, all of Owen Sound and Lori Walker (Randy), of Chesley. Proud grandmother of Alysha McDonald (Devon), Danielle Walker (Steve Schnarr) and Carly Stewart (Mike Pointon) and great-grandmother of Everly and Kinley. Dear sister of Ron (Inez) Wilkin and Bette (George) Maidment. Predeceased by her parents, Orvin and Mabel Wilkin; her son, Leslie McLean; her siblings, Marie Quarrie (Charlie) and Glenna Black (Gord). 

A Celebration of Life Visitation for Hazel McLean will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #6, 1450 – 2nd Avenue West, Owen Sound, on Saturday, July 6th, 2019 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.  If so desired, the family would appreciate donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce or the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation as an expression of sympathy and may be made through the BRIAN E. WOOD FUNERAL HOME, 250 – 14th Street West, Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 3X8 (519-376-7492). Messages of condolence may be sent to the family on-line at 

Hazel was a talented local artist; she spread sunshine through her smile.

On behalf of the GYC Board of Directors, I would like to extend sincerest condolences to Stan and the family and friends of Hazel at this sad time.


Louise Johnsen

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59th Annual Sailpast and Fleet Review

Georgian Yacht Club

The GYC will officially open 2019 activities on Saturday, June 15, 2019

New GYC FM Transmitter:  Please tune your FM radios to 88.5 MHz. to hear the Divine Service broadcast. 

Skippers’ Meeting:  1300 Hours                  

Divine Service:  1330 Hours       Master of Ceremonies:         Vice Commodore:   Travis Low

1.         O Canada                                                                     Peter Rissi: Trombone   

2.         Scripture, Prayer and Blessing of the Fleet                  Dave Hulsebosh

3.         Commodore’s Address & Acknowledgements             Commodore:  Ann Hachey

4.         Moment of Silence for Past Members                           Commodore:  Ann Hachey

5.         Introduction of Government Officials                           Vice Commodore:  Travis Low

6.         Introduction of the Board                                             Past Commodore: Paul King

7.         Benediction                                                                 Dave Hulsebosh

8.         God Save The Queen                                                   Peter Rissi: Trombone                                                                           

9.         The Cannon                                                                 “Gunner”: Pete Adamson

Fleet Review: The Divine Service will be followed by a Sailpast and Review of the Fleet with Commodore Ann Hachey taking the Salute aboard “Simon Sez”.

2019 Schedule of Events

June 15th         Sailpast Celebrations  (Skippers’ Meeting at 1300 hours. Divine Service at 1330 hours.)

June 16th               Sailboat race

July 29th                 GYC Rendezvous- Gore Bay

Sept. 7             Corn Roast (Commodore Away)

Sept. 3              Board Meeting at 1900 hrs.

Sept. 20 & 21     GYC Fishing Derby

Sept. 28            Commodore at Home

Oct. 25 & 26      Haul Out & lunch

Oct 26               Fuel Pumps, Pump Out & Mast Crane decommissioned

Oct. 26                Boats with holding tanks must be out of the water

Nov.1               Water Off

Nov.22              All boats out of the water

Nov.30                 2020 Boating Fees Due

Full Member Applications.

There are two pending applications for full membership (to the “B” list) in the club. Further to Article 2.2d) and e) of the club By-laws, Rules and Regulations, notice of an application is to be made on this website and the Clubhouse Bulletin Board for a minimum of 30 days. Members may communicate to the membership committee ( or the Board prior to the September 9, 2019 Board meeting any relevant information a Member may possess regarding the applicant.
Peter Burrell of Tara, sponsored by Joyce Buckley and John Gilbert was approved as an associate member at the May 6, 2019 board meeting. Peter has a Grampian 26′ sailboat.
Gerald and Carol Overmars of Owen Sound, sponsored by Tom England and Joe Fryer, also approved as an associate member at the May 6, 2019 board meeting. Gerald and Carol have a 36′ sailboat.

Hazards to navigation – logs/deadheads

It has been brought to our attention that there have been a number of large logs (dead heads) found in the area.

Remember that logs can float both horizontally along the surface as well as vertically almost below the surface, and colliding with one of these can cause damage and/or injury.

Please keep a close watch out and travel at a safe speed.

Memorial Service for Jocelyn Graham to be held Saturday June 1, 2019 at 2pm at the Historic Leith Church.

Jocelyn Graham’s family are most grateful for the friendship and compassion you have shared with us at this most sorrowful time in our lives. With you, we deeply mourn her loss, especially her warmth, kindness, laughter and radiant smile. You have touched our hearts with your messages of comfort. Thank you.

Capital Assets Discussion at AGM

29 April 2019 A question was raised at the AGM. What comprised the Capital Asset listed as Land for $4848? After reviewing documentation from the 50’s and 60’s as well as The Brief History of the GYC as written by Jack Doherty, I concluded the following: The $ 4848 for Land is comprised of, but not necessarily limited to, $2500 for the purchase of the majority of the current GYC property in 1953, additional small adjoining lots (1960’s) and the small lot at White Cloud Island (1962). Although this $4848 certainly under represents any current market value of our properties, one could bear in mind our title with the Canada Revenue Agency. The GYC is a non-profit corporation and thus assets are not appreciated or depreciated for accounting purposes. Essentially the prices at the time of purchase are represented by the amounts posted on the Capital Assets list. It perhaps is worth stating that the club’s assets are fully represented on the insurance policy for property. The most recent MPAC document lists the Club grounds at 2475 3rd Ave West Assessed in 2020 for $ 1,174,000 and White Cloud Island for $ 53,000. I hope this provides the answer. Please feel free to send questions or comments,

Becky Middlebrook Treasurer