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Fair Havens Ministries


Fair Havens Ministries

Est. 1941

Most Ontarians head south for their holidays. You think of Myrtle Beach or Florida. My wife and I head north...to Muskoka and to the Orillia, Beaverton area, specifically Fair Havens, our favourite venue for our summer holidays. When we think of Fair Havens we think of a Bible Camp...but we also think of holidays, rest and relaxation.

Fair Havens is situated along the Trent-Severn waterway. Lock 37 is just up the hill, a mere 5 minute bicycle ride from the grounds, a great place to sit on a park bench, read a book or just watch the boats go up and down the lock. But what's on the grounds of Fair Havens itself? There's a whole list of neat and active things: A nine-hole golf course, a tennis court, a basketball court, lawn bowling, a swimming pool, the beach, a baseball diamond, lots of little pathways for walking, the tuck shop, mini-golf, and the cafe. And oh yes, Sunday lunch is just great at the Dining Hall!

Irwin Chapel also hosts some great speakers every morning for encouraging you with the Word of God, while your kids attend the various programs offered by Fair Havens to keep the kids busy. Kids always have things to do and are supervised by a great staff of adults and teenagers who are skilled at music, sports and crafts.

My wife, Marjorie, and I love the chapel services in the morning. After the service, my wife will take a book and bicycle up to the locks, while I grab my basketball and head over to the courts to shoot hoops. We time share a trailer at Fair Havens where we sit and relax on the deck and watch the hummingbirds flit in and out of the nearby trees. A lot of people have booked either cabins or rooms at Fair Havens, with meal plans that make the stay there a real holiday. Fair Havens is owned and operated by the Associated Gospel Churches of Canada [AGC].

I'm a wedding photographer [John Hartig Photography], so you can imagine the variety of images I'm provided with in the natural setting of trees, sky and lakes in and around Fair Havens. I've finally taken the time to collect a bunch of my favourite photos of Fair Havens and its surroundings. It's a perfect place where you can refresh your soul, your mind and your eyes. I hope you take the time to tour through my pictures which span a series of great summers and autumns spent there. Just pretend you're on holiday with us, as you tour through my brief slideshow here and then take a look at my Photo Gallery!

John Hartig
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