From: May To: mid-October (marina)
From: May To: mid-October (museum)
Hours: Marina: 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Township of Billings
Billings borders the North Channel in close proximity to the famous Benjamin Islands boating area. The port village of Kagawong has harbour facilities for small and large boats, and marine repair facilities are located nearby. Reach Kagawong by Highway 540, between M’Chigeeng and Gore Bay. The community offers a fine swimming beach with public washrooms, and adjacent playground. The mechanical parts of the former hydro generating station and fishing steamboat are displayed by the beach. The Old Mill Heritage Centre & Post Office Museum features a Danny Dodge (of the American automaker dynasty) exhibit, annually changing special exhibits and presentations, as well as special military exhibits and locally relevant war history each year at Remembrance Day. The museum opens daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. during summer; Tuesday to Saturday in spring and autumn. There is an art studio in the upper floor of the museum/municipal complex, as well as other unique local shops, including seasonal ‘cabanas’ close to the Kagawong Park Centre. The Farmers’ Market is held on Wednesdays during summer at the picnic pavilion. The charming, marine-themed chapel of St. John the Evangelist is always open beside the marina, and the lighthouse is well preserved. The riverside walking trail from the harbour to Bridal Veil Falls is beautiful and very accessible; and is now a component of the township-wide Billings Connections Trail, which encompasses 35 historical plaques highlighting local community history. There is ample parking at the trailhead by the river mouth. The upper Kagawong River is ideal for kayaking and canoeing, and leads to Kagawong Lake. The inland lakes, Kagawong, Mindemoya and Manitou all offer fishing opportunities and resorts, and have public boat launches.