Tay Township News & Notes

December 2023

Message from the Mayor

On behalf of myself, Council and our dedicated Township Staff I want to take this time to wish everyone Happy Holidays. As the year slowly comes to an end, I find myself looking back and reflecting on the year that was. I am truly grateful for the unwavering collaboration, engagement, and support shown by our entire community over the past year!


This spirit and collaboration was on full display at the annual Waubaushene Santa Claus Parade and Tay Tree Lighting Event. Seeing so many smiling faces and volunteers was truly heartwarming. I encourage you to view some of the photos and highlights of each event below.


This time of year also brings with it Winter! Although mother nature has been relatively kind to us so far, the snow will start falling soon enough, with that said a reminder that in order for our crews to safely and effectively plough the roads we need you to follow the Township’s winter parking regulations. From now until April 1st please do not park your vehicle on, or within 3.05 metres of, roads between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. We appreciate your cooperation, you are helping make Township snow clearing safer, more efficient and effective.


Lastly, a reminder that our Municipal Office will be closed from Monday December 25, 2023 and reopen on Tuesday January 2, 2024 at 8:30 a.m. For after-hour emergency service for Water, Wastewater, Roads and Parks please call 705-526-5762. The Tay Township Public Library will also have amended holiday hours, please visit tay.ca/library for more information.


If the past couple years have taught us anything, it’s the importance of keeping connected with those we love. I hope you find the time this holiday season to connect with family, friends and loved ones. From all of us at Tay Township happy holidays and happy new year!


Until next time.

Mayor Ted Walker

Upcoming Meetings

Seniors Advisory Committee Meeting

January 8th at 10:00 a.m.

Heritage Committee Meeting

January 9th at 2:00 p.m.

Committee of the Whole Meeting

January 10th at 9:00 a.m.

Committee of Adjustment Meeting

January 17th at 6:00 p.m.

Library Board Meeting

January 18 at 9:30 a.m.

Regular Council Meeting

January 24th at 7:00 p.m.

Council meeting information and Agendas available at tay.ca/calendar

Municipal Office Holiday Hours

Port Cafe

Christmas Community Dinner

Always willing to lend a helping hand to the community Port Cafe is at it again! They will be offering a free Community Dinner to local residents starting at 3pm on December 23, 2023.

For more details, please visit tay.ca/events

We're Hiring

Join #TeamTay today! We’re looking to fill the following positions

We are looking for adaptability to our growing and evolving Municipality and enthusiasm for making a positive impact on the Corporation and our Community as one. Apply today at tay.ca/jobs 

Tay Community Rink

Holiday Schedule

The Tay Community Rink is OPEN! Check out the full schedule below for public skating times from December 25, 2023 to January 7, 2024. For full details and more information please visit tay.ca/rinks.

Winter Active Living Programs

Get active this Winter in Tay Township! Registration for Winter Active Living Programs is now OPEN! Some of the programs being offered this year include Yoga, Tai Chi and Zumba.

For more information and to register visit tay.ca/register.

Tay Shore Trail Winter Maintenance

Keep Active this Winter in #TayTownship! The following sections of the Tay Shore Trail are maintained during the winter season:

Waubaushene: Pine St. to Coldwater Rd.

Victoria Harbour: Bass Bay Dr. to Caswell Rd.

Port McNicoll: First Ave Trail - Davidson St. to Arpin St.

Maintenance on the entire Tay Shore Trail will resume in the Spring of 2024.

Winter Parking Regulations

Help us clear the roads

Reminder! Winter Parking Regulations start November 15 and run until April 1.

Please do not park your vehicle on or within 3.05 metres (10 feet) of roads between 3:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

For more information visit tay.ca/WinterParking or call us at 705-534-7248 x248 to connect with a Municipal Law Enforcement Officer, or email [email protected]

We appreciate your cooperation. You are helping to make the Township snow clearing safer, more efficient and effective.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Photos of the 2023 Tay Tree Lighting Event!

 Thank you to all those who came out!

Waubaushene Santa Parade

Thank you to the organizing committee of the 2023 Waubaushene Santa Claus Parade!

The community support and participation made the parade another huge success! Check out the video below for parade highlights! Or visit our YouTube Channel at YouTube.com/@TayTownshipON. We hope to see you again next year!

Tay Township Public Library Update

Everyone at the Library and The Marjorie Young Volunteer Association would like to thank everyone who came to our Festive Fundraiser! We had a great, very successful day and it wouldn't have been possible without all the vendors, volunteers and library staff. We would also like to thank Victoria Harbour Foodland for donating the paper bags for our book sale. We had over 300 people stop by and raised over $1400 to go towards special collections and programming next year!

Celebrate the holidays with your library!

We have a special visitor from the North Pole coming Wednesday December 20th. That's right Mrs. Claus is back, and for the first time in 3 years, for an in-person storytime as well as helping with our Online Pajama Storytime. You will find all the details and more of our holiday programming in our December Newsletter. 

To ensure you don't miss any programs subscribe to our newsletter, click here and fill out the form.

Holiday Hours:

Thursday, December 21st:

Port McNicoll OPEN 2PM - 5PM

Victoria Harbour OPEN 2PM - 5PM 

Waubaushene OPEN 2PM - 7PM

Tuesday, December 26th: 



There is so much more in branch, don't take our word for it, plan to visit your Library today.

Victoria Harbour Lions

give back to the community!

The Victoria Harbour Lions Club recently held their annual Christmas Dinner which included a gift auction, the proceeds of the auction raised $350.00 which were donated to the local Victoria Harbour Food Bank. From all of us at Tay Township THANK YOU!

Seniors Advisory Committee Update

Thank you to all those who came out and participated in the Seniors Advisory Committee Gingerbread House-Making and Decorating Event. We had lots of helpful hands creating, decorating and enjoying the event. Additional Gingerbread houses were donated to the following community groups; Simcoe County Social Housing, CLH Foundation, and Sainte Vincent De Paul Food Bank.


Keep an eye out for the upcoming Seniors Talk: The Cost of Healthy Eating happening on February 8, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Port McNicoll Library Basement Meeting Room (venue is accessible). 


Learn more about the Committee by visiting tay.ca/seniors.

2024 Tree Seedling Distribution Program

Severn Sound Environmental Association and Tay Township are working together to provide residents with reasonably priced, native tree and shrub seedlings for planting in early spring 2024.


Tree seedlings must be pre-ordered. The deadline for ordering is January 12, 2024.

Please email Travis at [email protected] for instructions on how to place an order. Full program details are available HERE!

Upcoming Community Events

EDCNS Workshop

Walk away from this event with a solid plan to grow your business!

Join us in beautiful Tay Township for an exclusive event titled Social Media Power: Workshop to Drive Sales for Tourism-related Businesses. Whether you're in hospitality, entertainment, or local attractions, this session will empower you with strategies to harness the power of digital ratings. Learn the art of requesting and managing reviews from your clients, paving the way for increased tourism and business growth. Explore the collaborative side of tourism and discover how through community synergy we can amplify each other's digital footprint. Witness the collective strength that emerges when working together, fostering a surge in tourism for the entire area.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to shape a brighter future for your enterprise! More information available here.

Wye Marsh Activities

Winter offers a new perspective to the marsh - with Trumpeter Swans honking, animal tracks in the snow, Chickadees coming to say hello, and so much more. Bundle up, and explore outdoors at Wye Marsh this winter!

For more information please contact 705-526-7809 or visit wyemarsh.com.

Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons

Winter Education Programs

January, February and March

Attention teachers! This is the perfect time to discover winter learning at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons. Snowshoe through the woods around the reconstructed mission, take part in historical workshops, and find out how the Wendat and Jesuits survived during the coldest months of the year. For more information please visit saintemarieamongthehurons.on.ca

Victoria Harbour Legion

Keep up with events happening in Tay Township by visiting tay.ca/events

County of Simcoe

Winter Collection Reminder

Reminder Tay Township when setting out your carts this winter. Place carts within 8ft of the travelled portion of the road, which ensures the automated arm can reach while allowing room for snow clearing​ equipment to pass.

For more information check out this video.

A Message from Tay Township

Fire and Emergency Services

© The Corporation of the Township of Tay

450 Park Street, PO Box 100

Victoria Harbour, ON L0K 2A0

Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 705-534-7248

Fax: 705-534-4493


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