Postcards From the Bay

A glimpse into the history of Colpoy's Bay and Wiarton, Ontario

As you walk along the streets of your hometown, have you ever paused and wondered about the buildings and lands you see around you? We all take such things for granted since, more or less, they remain a constant background to our daily lives. But there was a time when all that stood in their place was wilderness. Every village, town or city has a history. Real people, just like ourselves, placed their thought and effort into turning that wilderness into the place you see every day. As time has marched on, these structures are often all that is left to remind us of those people. Each building or greenspace has its own story to tell. It's just up to us to uncover these stories before they are lost forever.

As far back as I can remember, I have very fond memories of the time I have spent in Colpoy's Bay Village, Ontario and the nearby town of Wiarton. Nestled along the shore of Colpoy's Bay, things always seemed more exotic and vibrant there. Over the years, I frequently wandered the area relishing the open spaces, the rocky shoreline and the old buildings. Along the way, I began to focus on the evidence left by those, including many of my ancestors, who had lived in Colpoy's Bay and Wiarton in years gone by. My research led to the creation of this website which debuted in 2000 and has been growing ever since.

Based around my collection of vintage postcards from the area, this website is meant to be a textual and visual window into some of the stories that make up the history of Colpoy's Bay and Wiarton, Ontario. If you have personal stories you'd like to share, please feel free to click on the link to the left entitled "Tell me your impressions" and send me a message.

To navigate through Postcards From the Bay, please use the animated menu to the left of the screen. (This may not work on some web browsers. In which case, you can use the "Site Map" link to the left as an alternative means of navigation.)

I hope you enjoy this website. It is a labour of love for me. And when we each return to our daily lives, perhaps we will notice some of the hints left around us, wherever we may be, by those people who many years ago walked the same ground we now walk.

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Postcards From the Bay was launched April 14, 2000


Copyright 2000 - Christopher R. Graham