Community Waterfront Heritage Centre (CWHC)

Celebrating the Marine, Rail and Industrial Heritage of Owen Sound, Ontario

Community Waterfront Heritage Centre Hours

Monday-Saturday: 10:00am-4:00pm,

Sunday: 12:00pm-4:00pm

Notices and Announcements:

Open for the Season

The CWHC is now open for our summer hours! You can visit us 10-4 on Monday-Saturday, and 12-4 on Sundays. We can’t wait to see you here!


The Community Waterfront Heritage Centre has implemented a $5 admission charge to visit the museum for visitors age 12+. Youth age 11 and younger, OPEN Card holders, and VIP members will continue to have entry at no cost.

Last Updated on February 10th , 2024

Community Waterfront Heritage Centre
1155 1st Ave W,Owen Sound, ON N4K 4K8

Call Us: 519-371-3333

CWHC is a registered charity:
# 839177177 RR0001

CWHC is a member of the Ontario Museum Association and the Ontario Historical Society.

Collecting Stories, Connecting Minds

We recently started a new project, titled “Collecting Stories, Connecting Minds.” We are seeking to collect oral histories from long-time residents of Owen Sound and the surrounding areas.

We are hoping to record people’s stories and memories related to Owen Sound’s marine, rail and industrial history. Many elements of Owen Sound’s history central to creating the city you see today are no longer here. Passenger ships no longer load up in the harbour, the train tracks were lifted over twenty years ago, and most of the old factory buildings are now gone. We hope that by giving people the chance to share their stories, they can help people connect to local history in a way that is more personal than static photos and text.

This project was made possible by a grant from Community Foundation Grey Bruce.

You can learn more about the project, including how to participate, here.

About CWHC

Learn all about the Community Waterfront Hertitage Centre

The Community Waterfront Heritage Centre celebrates  and  preserves Owen Sound’s heritage on the waterfront. It focuses on the marine, rail and industrial history of the City and surrounding communities.

Our Vision

The CWHC enlivens community connections and experiences through sharing collective stories.

Our Mission

The CWHC honours the legacy of “The Waterfront” community hub by sharing stories, presenting fun and educational experiences and offering unique opportunities to explore the curiosity of area residents and connect the imagination of visitors to our collective history

Our History

The Community Waterfront Heritage Centre is located in the historic CN Rail Station, on Owen Sound’s harbourfront. The Marine Rail Heritage Centre was first established in 1978 by a volunteer group of history enthusiasts who wanted to preserve and expand upon Owen Sound’s history as a thriving port. It preserves the area’s marine, rail and industrial history. It opened to the public in 1985. 

On June 28, 2014, the Centre officially opened under new management. We hope you will visit us regularly, whether in person or virtually.

Housed in a former Canadian National Railway Station, the museum features artifacts, scale models, archival photos and interactive stations. It also showcases exquisite ship models made by skilled artisans, along with CNR and CPR memorabilia. Each season, it hosts temporary special exhibits. The former CN station is now listed on the city’s Heritage Register.

The building also houses the offices of the Owen Sound Tourism Department, making information about the city available to residents and visitors.

Ask to see the working model railroad, or if you’re there at 12 or 5 p.m. enjoy the sound of the historic Kennedy Foundry Whistle.

CWHC is committed to having an open and transparent Board of Directors.

Chair: Jan Chamberlain
Vice Chair: Stephen Crane
Secretary: Diane Austin
Treasurer: Janet Iles

Board Members:
Syd Austin                  

Chris McCurley

Zach Mclean
Curator & Manager

Waterfront Heritage

A series of Newsletters published by the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre (CWHC

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Comunity Waterfront Heritage Centre (CWHC)
1155 1st Ave W,Owen Sound, ON N4K 4K8

Call Us: 519-371-3333

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