Dennis Hunter

Dennis Hunter
"What’s the best thing about Bruce County? The people are really cool. I really like the people up here."

I was born in 1953 in London Ontario but my father had been up to these parts since 1929 and remembers the Big Fire. We always resided in the Stokes Bay area and knew everyone there. I came up here 6 months old the May 24th weekend of ’54 and stayed in Stokes Bay. After that a few years, my whole family rented cottages in Old Woman’s River, Sandy Beach area. Finally, my dad bought some property from Bill Stoddart who was a road grader operator. Dad got older and back in the mid 70s he actually sold it. I was working down in London area but was always attracted to coming here, to Sandy Beach is where I like to come.


In the ‘80s I did a whole bunch of exploratory zodiac tours around the whole peninsula. From staying out with Jack Vaughan at the lighthouse at Cove Island and all of the park area before it was the National Park. And staying out in all the little bays and inlets all around the peninsula from Sauble Beach to basically Meaford area. We would do it every weekend, all in the ‘80s when I was working for Grey Hound and could only get so much time off.


In the late 80s I decided I had to have a little place up here and I couldn’t afford the high prices of lots that they are now and of course you could buy a lot of land for $500 and a $1000 would buy a lot, back in the 60s, waterfront. A thousand bucks would buy a lot. I leased at Cape Croker a lot off the Waulkey family behind the store at Cape Croker Park in 1990 and built a little cabin on there. That went until 2008 and then there was some trouble over there with Hope Bay and didn’t know what was going on with the leasing and I picked it up and moved it up to Ralph McLean’s little piece of property up in Purple Valley just north of where the Maple Syrup Festival. I picked the whole house up and moved it, the little blue barn, moved up the road seven kilometres and plopped it down on three acres of land. I’ve been there ever since, retired from Greyhound Lines of Canada after 32 years—no accidents—lucky. I am happily retired and still enjoying the Bruce, kayaking all over the place and hanging out with some of the good old boys like Normie Gilbert from Purple Valley who is just full of stories. I’ve enjoyed Bruce County for years! What’s the best thing about Bruce County? The people are really cool. I really like the people up here. I like the lighthouses. I am a lighthouse historian. I’ve been out with the zodiacs trying to photograph all the Imperial 6 towers around the area and took quite an interest in that. I like the slowness although they’ve found us up here and now they’re coming in droves. I stay home in the summer anymore. I only come out in the winter!

Explorer's of Bruce

Mir Hassamudddin - Shenstone Motor Inn Elaine Mathewson
henry_paliga Abdon Aguillon
Debbie Giles Ed Giles
Margaret Adams (Copeland) Jennifer-Lea Oaks Jacalene Burrows (Wiggins)
Katie Lutz Asha and Averee Hamann Jim McTeer Katherine Gowing Gerda Roppel Bev Johnston Joyce Johnston Val Kerr Liz Stobo
Ray Pennington Marcus Lorch, Shepard, Lily Louis Schafer Laurel and Dan Silenzi Jan and John Donnelley Larry Catteau Gay Ratcliffe Gretta Fletcher
Wendy Henderson Larry Weber Maureen Daly-Doersam David Myette Rosanne Moore and Tim Amos Dr. John Van Dorp
Ron Logan Bette Cameron Rowena Tindall Elaine Robins Lloyd Ruffett Lois Hutton Steve Gurney Lilian Chatburn Nathan S Landon
Dr. Harold Robinson Watching the 1987 Canada Cup hockey game Samuel Crawford Retube Bruce "A" Now! Robert Sutherland Plaque at Bruce County Courthouse Thomas Scott moving a house Mel Schroeder Karen Ribey
Ron Oswald Alexander McNeill with his dog There is a season for everything and God gave us memories so we could have roses in December. Lucknow Pipe Band Eldon Lowry Bob Kerry Dennis Hunter Sergio Holobrosky
Captain Alfred Hackett Tish Ford Hugh Ferguson family in front of car Pearl McKelvie Paterson Kerr Elsie Dobson William Wilfred Campbel Joan M Borho Jeanette Steeves The Late George Redden, Carrick Township
Donald McLellan, the Old Reeve of Bruce Township Alexander McCarter, Walkerton William Millar Ex-Reeve of Kincardine Township William Millar, JP of Kincardine Township John Little, one of the first settlers of Brant Township William Johnston, or King Johnston first settler in Brant Township Dr. Margaret MacKellar Howard Krug Bruce County Warden Tessie Greig
Sergeant William Victor Tranter in uniform Rachel Hepburn John S. Tolton, Walkerton Thomas Todd, one of the first settlersin Brant Township Edward McDonald, Deputy Reeve of Walkerton Peter Stewart McLaren, Bruce Township William Carnegie, Mildmay James Taylor, MD, Tara James Murphy, MD, Mildmay
Richard Rivers, President of the Northern Exhibition Society, Walkerton Malcolm Campbell, Lucknow Samuel T. Rowe, Paisley Thomas Pickard, Glammis Paul Ross, Ex-Mayor of Walkerton Michael Fischer, many years Reeve of Carrick Township William Collins, Walkerton James Allen, Reeve of Amabel Township George Gould, Arran Township
Andrew Bingham, pioneer of Carrick Township Richard Guinn, deceased, one of the first settlers of Brant Township John Grainger, Brant Township Charles Wickham, Kincardine Township David Gairdner, deceased, Late Clerk of Kincardine Township Yours Truly, Thomas Bearman, Elderslie township James Reekie, deceased, settled in Kincardine Township 1854 Ira Fulford, one of the first settlers of Teeswater John Douglass, Arran Township
Robert Baird, Kincardine, Warden of Bruce County John Gillies, MP for North Bruce Duncan Kerr, Brant Township Peter F. Brown, First Settler in Teeswater John Hunter Luke Gardiner Alexander McNabb, Crown Land Agent, Southampton A.S. Elliot Robert Graham
Ann-Marie John Valentine Alexander Sproat Sir William Hearst Hannah Rusk Kelly Colonel Hugh Clark Francis Paddy Walker John Harnage Scougall in his office