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Nancy Island Historic Site

Nancy Island has operated since 1928 and tells the story of the HMS Nancy’s battle against three American ships during the War of 1812.

2021 Hours of Operation

10am-5pm July 1, 2021 – September 5, 2021 Open Thursday through Monday Closed Tuesday and Wednesday Location: 119 Mosley Street, Wasaga Beach (across the road from 3rd Street North) Phone: (705) 429-2728 For more information visit:

Hands-On Demonstrations

Understand Nancy Island’s story better by trying activities out yourself! Try knot tying on a barrel or learn how to do a flying knot with the guidance of staff (and see them demonstrate their amazing knot tying skills).  

Visit the Museum- Closed for 2021

Learn about Wasaga Beach and Nancy Island’s history, view interesting displays and become more educated on the different animals in the area. Make sure to check out their gift shop The Treasure Chest with souvenirs and local products such as mugs from Clearview’s Leishman Pottery.  

View a Video Presentation

Learn more about the battle during the War of 1812 by watching a re-enactment video.

Climb to the Top of the Historic Lighthouse- Closed for 2021

See a beautiful view of the Nottawasaga River – known as the best view of Wasaga Beach! Lighthouse

Piping Plover

There is a nesting station for the piping plover (an endangered species) in an enclosed area on Beach 1. People can watch the piping plover through binoculars or scopes.


The Edugator is a program run throughout the summer with individualized, drop-in activities that use props, images and games. This is run on Beach Areas 3 to 6. The activities have some historical elements incorporated into them but mainly focus on ecology.

Picnic Benches

Make use of the benches outside and have a picnic with family and friends!

Birthday Parties and Events

Have a fun and educational birthday party – partake in activities in the museum and use the picnic benches outside for cake and other celebratory food. Or hold a private event (bookings are scheduled based on availability) – call the Nancy Island Historic Site for more information.

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