Theodore Tugboat is Scheduled to Visit Grand Bend

SCHEDULE CHANGE: Due to the high winds and storms this past weekend in Grand Bend, Theodore TOO will not be able to make it to Grand Bend pier for his scheduled visit on August 31st. For those hoping to visit Theodore on August 31st, he will be docked at the south end of Centennial Park for public viewings from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Further updates will be provided as they become available.

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Theodore TOO, the beloved replica of the cartoon character, will be making three stops in Sarnia-Lambton, including two days right here in Lambton Shores.

Lambton Shores is currently scheduled to welcome Theodore TOO to the Grand Bend pier on September 1, but this will continue to be dependent on weather and conditions. Further updates will be provided as they become available.

At each port, Theodore will connect with members of the community and provide a fun and energetic atmosphere for families of all ages. The public is invited to visit Theodore for public viewings from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, onboarding tours of the boat will not be permitted, but everyone will have the opportunity to get their pictures taken with this iconic television star. All other COVID-19 measures and protocols will be in place to ensure the safety of the public.

Built and established in Nova Scotia in 2000, this fully functioning replica left its home harbour on June 10th and has been travelling throughout the Great Lakes. Tourism Sarnia-Lambton was able to secure Theodore's visit thanks to several community partnerships.

“Tourism Sarnia Lambton is thrilled that we were able to secure Theodore to visit not only one port but three ports in Sarnia-Lambton,” said Vicky Praill Special Events and Sports Marketing Co-ordinator for Tourism Sarnia-Lambton “Without the support of the Village of Point Edward, our presenting sponsor Carpenters Local 1256 and our other local sponsors, this would not have been possible. We are working hard putting the finishing touches for Theodore’s arrival and finalizing our partnership opportunities. We have set-up a page for Theodore on our web site at www.ontbluecoast.com/theodore to keep everyone updated as more details are confirmed."

Theodore TOO's expedition aims to emphasize the importance of maintaining, preserving, and restoring Canadian bodies of water. In partnership with the non-profit organization Swim, Drink, Fish, the collective goal is to educate individuals on the importance of taking care of our local bodies of water. Canadians are fortunate to enjoy over 20% of the world’s fresh water, creating the large responsibility of keeping it swimmable, drinkable and fishable.

“As part of his sustainability efforts in collaboration with Swim Drink Fish, Theodore TOO hopes to collect 100,000 watermarks over the next year,” said Natasha Mackow, Theodore’s Chief Experience Officer “Members of the public can take part in the watermark project designed to collect personal stories of people on their local waterways and we look forward to hearing from Sarnia-Lambton residents. This crowd-sourced initiative, THEODORE TOO Watermarks allows individuals to help researchers identify waters where people swim, drink, or fish, so that those uses can be protected in the future while building a legacy of connecting Canadians to the water.”

Additionally, Theodore is traveling throughout the Great Lakes to advocate on behalf of the marine industry, which is currently, facing a shortage of industry professionals. This little tug is on a big mission, as it’s determined to raise awareness and involve Canadian communities in its resolution.

Learn more about Theodore's visit in Sarnia-Lambton