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: 2018/08/02

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Welcome to the men’s Probus Club of Collingwood!

Where age doesn’t keep us from thinking young!

   Meetings are at the Bear Estate,  Cranberry Village

  The Bear Estate

300 Balsam Street, Collingwood.

Immediately west of the Living Water Resort and Cranberry Marina.

Turn right onto Balsam Street at the light, straight ahead on Balsam,

turn right into the lane with the stone pillars. Meetings begin at 09:45.

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

Be a Friend, Bring a Friend to a Probus meeting!

September 6,  Meeting

Executive &


September 6 meeting, 9:45 am, at the Bear Estate

Guest Speaker

Ted Barris, Author

New this fall, Ted Barris releases his latest book – Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid against Nazi Germany – published by HarperCollins.

It was a night that changed the Second World War. The secret air raid against the hydroelectric dams of Germany’s Ruhr River took years to plan, involved an untried bomb, and included the best aircrewmen RAF Bomber Command could muster – many of them Canadian. The attack marked the first time the Allies tactically took the war inside Nazi Germany.

On May 16, 1943, 133 airmen took off in 19 Lancaster bombers on a night sortie, code-named Operation Chastise. Hand-picked and specially trained, the Lancaster crews flew at treetop level to the industrial heartland of the Third Reich and their targets – the Ruhr River dams – whose massive water reservoirs powered Nazi Germany’s military industrial complex.

Every one of the 133 airmen on the raid understood the odds of survival were low. Of the 19 bombers outbound, eight did not return. Operation Chastise cost the lives of 53 airmen, including 14 Canadians. Of the 16 RCAF men who survived, seven received military decorations. Dam Busters recounts the dramatic story of these Commonwealth bomber crews tasked with a high-risk mission against an enemy prepared to defend the Fatherland to the death.

Ted Barris is an author, journalist and broadcaster, who has hosted regularly on CBC Radio and contributed to the National Post and Legion, Air Force and Zoomer magazines; he has authored 18 published, non-fiction books.

In 2011 he received the Veterans’ Affairs Commendation and in 2012 the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. His book The Great Escape: A Canadian Story received the 2014 Libris Best Non-Fiction Book Award.


It’s that time again! Our Annual General Meeting. The pomp and circumstance, the pageantry, the intrigue, as the Club’s new officers are elected. This will be our last meeting at the Bear Estate before we trundle off to the Legion for October’s meeting, so don’t miss it! If this isn’t enough, we have a sumptuous BBQ luncheon planned for your gastronomic pleasure! Lunch is $10 along with a cash bar.See you there!