Community Waterfront Heritage Centre (CWHC)
Celebrating the Marine, Rail and Industrial Heritage of Owen Sound, Ontario
Notices and Annoucements:
EVENT ALERT!: Don’t miss our most anticipated holiday party on December 14th, 2022 – Click here for details.
We are now closed until Spring 2023. Those wishing to visit the museum may do so by making an appointment. To book an appointment, please call 519-371-3333
Last Updated on November 11th, 2022
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.
The CWHC enlivens community connections and experiences through sharing collective stories.
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
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: Nicole Amos-Uotila
Vice Chair: Tiffany Austin-Jones
Secretary: Janet Iles
Treasurer: Fred Varkaris
A series of Newsletters published by the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre (CWHC)
Editor: Ashlie Taylor