Probus Club of Collingwood

The Probus Club of Collingwood is the original men’s Probus Club of the Georgian Triangle,  one of the first in Ontario, and celebrated its 30th anniversary, October, 2017. An informative speaker each month, combined with a membership of over 180 retired and semi-retired men allows us to create a place of enjoyment and fellowship in the community, emphasizing the Probus motto:

“Our Strength is Fellowship; Our Success is Participation.”

In addition, we enjoy numerous trips and social events throughout the year, including golf, hiking, theatre, excursions, and tours of businesses throughout Ontario.

Here you will find everything you need to know about the Club for both new and old members alike.

Last Updated: 2018/09/06

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Welcome to the men’s Probus Club of Collingwood!

Where age doesn’t keep us from thinking young!

*  Visitors and guests are welcome to attend our meetings.   *

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October 4,  Meeting

Executive &


Meetings are held at the Royal Canadian Legion

490 Ontario Street, the first Thursday of the month,

9:45 am

Legion: 705-445-3780

Robert Burcher, Author

Robert Burcher, a photographer and wilderness explorer, attributes the discovery of this incredible story to his acute visual observation skills. As a student at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada, he was taught that "seeing" is more important than "looking".

His "seeing" of native rock art at many sites across Canada has informed the understanding of this research saga. When added to his knowledge of Celtic history and mythology, the story took wing.

Robert works as an editorial and commericial photographer on the shores of Georgian Bay in rural Ontario, but his true passion is now AcheaoMythology.

The Story So Far…

On a cool fall morning two thousand years ago, a hunting party broke through the dense forests along the north shore of the great expanse of water we now call Lake Ontario and found themselves in a terrifying situation. Out on the water, a multiheaded creature floated towards them. It was not a fish that swam; it was one that walked across the water through some powerful magic.

When the creature neared shore, the hunting party was further stunned to see that it was not one creature, but instead it was a craft carrying several creatures whose hair and skin colours were unknown to them. The creatures came ashore and were noisy and aggressive.

The hunters, confounded and frightened, turned back into the safety of the forest. They raced north to a sacred site where they could communicate with their gods. They carved images of the invaders on an expanse of white rock in explanation, perhaps a warning, to their kinsmen who also searched these woods for food and fuel.

Is it possible that New World aboriginal peoples met a handful of Celtic sailors near Peterborough, Ontario more than two thousand years ago? Had these sailors set out from Old World shores in a sailboat made from leather, stitched with sinew and waterproofed with lard? Did these ancient Celts sail across the ocean by way of Iceland, then Greenland and the shores of Labrador, through Hudson Bay to the Great Lakes in Ontario and Michigan in search of a mineral as precious to them as gold?

Robert Burcher is quite certain this episode of Celtic history did happen. Robert believes that petroglyphs at a site near Peterborough, Ontario are not the sacred images as long believed by scholars, but instead document a visit to their land by Celtic explorers on a quest for copper.

The Book

Robert’s incredible story of his research and findings can be purchased in book form. Humour, hard work, and friendships forged in worlds old and new, The Leather Boat enchants readers from start to finish.

From the back cover: Robert Burcher claims that an image of a sailing vessel carved into the rock at the Peterborough Petroglyphs is actually a leather boat, built by ancient Celtic mariners who set sail from Ireland and penetrated the North American continent hundreds of years before the Vikings arrived in Newfoundland. He leads us through a phenomenal odyssey of research and travel, picking up where Tim Severin, who sailed a replica of an ancient leather boat, The Brendan across the Atlantic in 1975, left off. Severin proved it was possible, Burcher sets out to prove it was true.


A member’s story

Kerry Baskey will share some of his story with us.