Nancy Island Historic Site

Location: 119 Mosley Street, Wasaga Beach (across the road from 3rd Street North)
Phone: (705) 429-2728


2024 Hours of Operation


Spring: May 18th weekends onwards

Hours 10:00am – 5:00pm

Summer: June 29th – September 1 daily

Hours 10:00am – 5:00pm

Autumn: weekends until Thanksgiving

Hours 10:00am – 5:00pm

* Please note that Tower Island and Lighthouse will remain closed for the 2024 season.


Learning about HMS Nancy

Nancy Island Historic Site has served as a historic site since 1928 and is the most viable site to the War of 1812 in Simcoe County and the Georgian Bay region.  It represents a major event during the War of 1812: 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!

Visitors to the site can join a heritage costumed staff member and discover the history of the Nancy and her crew, participate in a hands-on historical demonstration, view an award winning video presentation which tells the crew’s heroic story, and club to the top of a Great Lakes 19th Century replica lighthouse for the best view of Wasaga Beach.

Be sure to check out our special guests and events happening each summer!


Learning about the War of 1812





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Support our education, conservation and research programs! This includes the Piping Plover stewardship program and the operation of Nancy Island Historic Site.

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Membership Form

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Events Calendar

Ploverpalooza @ Beach Area 1
Jul 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ploverpalooza @ Beach Area 1
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
@ Beach Area 1
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Mission Statement

The Friends of Nancy Island Historic Site and Wasaga Beach Park is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to furthering the educational and interpretive programs of Wasaga Beach Provincial Park and Nancy Island Historic Site.

Goals of The Friends of Nancy Island