Nancy Island Historic Site
Nancy Island has served as a historic site since 1928. It represents a major event during the War of 1812: the HMS Nancy’s battle against three American Schooners on August 14th of 1814. The island houses the charred hull and artefacts of the HMS Nancy from this pivotal moment in Canadian history. The borders of Canada today are a direct result of the valiant struggles of the Nancy and her crew.
“The story of the British Schooner, Nancy is one of this region’s little-known secrets”. The Nancy was a fur trading vessel during the War of 1812 and was on the NottawasagaRiver August 14, 1814. On that day, Lt. Worsley, commander of the Nancy, did all he could to defend her from American attack. Badly outnumbered, the Nancy was destroyed in battle, though the crew escaped to fight another day. Today you can see the hull of the Nancy, built in 1789, on display on Nancy Island. Also at the site, you will find a replica of a 19th century Great Lakes lighthouse and an award winning video presentation which tells the crew’s heroic story.
During the spring, summer, and fall join park staff as they bring the story of the Nancy and her crew to life! You have the opportunity to take a tour of the site and interact with a historical character from Wasaga’s past.
During 2018 Nancy Island Historic Site is open:
Weekends ONLY from May 26th – June 10th, 10 am-5pm
Daily from June 16th -September 3rd, 10 am-5pm (Pease note that we will be CLOSED on Wednesday, June 27th and Thursday, June 28th for staff training.)
Weekends ONLY from Saturday, September 8th to Sunday, October 7th, 10am-5pm
Please call Park Office at 705-429-2516 (year round) or Nancy Island Welcome Centre at 705-429-2728 (May 26th, 2018 to October 7th, 2018)