Harbour Beach visitors impressed with Kincardine’s assets


By Barb McKay


A weekend tour of Kincardine has given officials from Harbour Beach, Michigan ideas to take home.



Representatives from Kincardine's sister city, Harbour Beach, MI, were in town last month. From left are Linda Dyer, executive assistant to Kincardine mayor Larry Kraemer, Kincardine councillor Maureen Couture, CAO Murray Clarke, Kraemer, Bonnie Kraemer, Tera Booms, Harbour Beach mauor Gary Booms, Deb Wruble, Kincardine deputy mayor Anne Eadie and Harbour Beach city co-ordinator Rob Wruble. (Barb McKay photo)



Representatives from Kincardine’s sister city were in town two weekends ago and made the most of their short visit by taking in many local sites.


“It’s very beautiful here,” said Harbour Beach mayor Gary Booms as the group enjoyed a Sunday brunch on the patio of the Bruce Steakhouse.


Booms’ wife, Tera, and city co-ordinator Ron Wruble and his wife, Deb, arrived in Kincardine on Friday, Aug. 23 and were invited to mayor Larry Kraemer’s home for a barbecue. On Saturday, Aug. 24, the group had breakfast at Carmell’s in Tiverton before taking a tour of the Bruce Power Visitor’s Centre.


During the morning the visitors were also taken on a tour of the waste management centre in Armow and the Davidson Centre. Booms was quite impressed with the landfill.


“I like the mattress recycling idea,” he said, referring to the project that was initiated by the Bruce Botanical Food Gardens.


He added that the waste management centre is an idea that could be explored in Michigan.


“The recycling program, where people can take the initiative on their own is great,” Booms said. “The effort is being taken to reduce waste.”


Wruble admired the Davidson Centre and the Rock Garden overlooking Lake Huron.


“We have two places (in Harbour Beach) where we can put those,” he joked.


Booms also marvelled at Kincardine’s expansive trail system.


“There’s a big effort in Michigan for place making,” he said. “This town is place making with bike paths and trails and accessibility. It’s a place where people want to live.”


Michigan is making strides, Booms added, creating events and activities that attract visitors.


During the Saturday afternoon, the guests had the chance to explore the community on their own and take in the Gathering of the Bands in Victoria Park. They met up with Kraemer, Kincardine CAO Murray Clarke and others for dinner at Gilley’s before watching the mass pipe band parade on Queen Street.


“The parade was awesome,” said Wruble.


“I saw more pipers and drummers in one passing than I have in my entire life,” said Booms.


The Harbour Beach visitors returned home on Sunday, Aug. 25. Delegates from the city had previously visited Kincardine in 2008.