Probus Club of Collingwood

The Probus Club of Collingwood is the original men’s Probus club of the Georgian Triangle, and one of the first in Ontario, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, 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: 2017/01/06


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Welcome to the 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.

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

Next Meeting,  February 2

The Early Airfields of Toronto: In 1965 two stalwart members of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society (CAHS) launched a project to gather information about Toronto’s earliest airfields. Fred Hotson and Don Long were both working at de Havilland Canada at the time. Fred Hotson as test pilot and Don Long on the aeronautical design team. Invaluable assistance came from the hand of George Fuller, now of Montreal. This resulted in the publication by C. D. Long of: “Toronto Airports-Before Malton” in the CAHS Journal 1965, No. 4 (Winter), page 93. When this project, with the same aim as the original, was first undertaken in 2014, Fred Hotson’s file which contained remarks by both Fuller and Long was turned over to the author by Larry Milberry of CANAV Publications. These notes serve to inform this presentation. It is my pleasure one-half a century later, to be able to add to their original historical bequest! Although the original list of the earliest airports of Toronto prior to the site selection for Malton airport in 1937was comprehensive, there were notable exceptions. In particular, the aviation training that took place on the campus of the University of Toronto bears honorable mention. Other centers of aviation activity that justify inclusion include those that would not be considered formal aviation centres. This not only includes the CNE grounds but what has been termed “unofficial” fields. The delivery of Santa Claus to the Eaton Christmas Parade by Roy Maxwell in 1919, when he landed a JN4 “Jenny” on Berwick Ave. at Duplex Ave. that November, comes to mind. The list also includes the name of the Imperial flying Club of Scarboro which has a claim to being the airfield with the shortest existence in the history of Canadian aviation; all of one weekend! This book, a pictorial essay on the Early Airfields of Toronto, in the main owes its very existence to the rich imagery available at the Archives of the City of Toronto and at the Library and Archives of Canada.


Robert is a graduate of Victoria College, University of Toronto (1958) where he had the good fortune of taking courses in Geological Sciences while obtaining a degree in Political Science & Economics


After ten years working during summer vacation periods as a Geophysical Operator and in Geological Exploration in Northern Ontario and Labrador he completed his M.D. at University of Toronto (1963). Subsequently, he obtained his Fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery (1970) and practiced in the west of Toronto for over thirty years.


His long standing interest in aviation, led early on to a pilot license with IFR and Float ratings. In more recent time, his interest in the outdoors led to cruising the crystal waters of northern Georgian Bay, as well as the North Channel


This has given rise to a deep interest in the history of Canadian Aviation and the careers of people and pilots that contributed to the establishment of commercial aviation in Canada in the aftermath of WWI (1919-1940). This interest extends to the Aero-philatelic history of that era

Our Members share Stories, Experiences and Interests

Steve Hawker is an avid scuba diver amongst many other things. He will share with us his interest in the underwater world and perhaps a tale or two of adventure!