Bannockburn Community Church is a non-denominational church celebrating more than 125 years on the shores of Lake Muskoka (just across from the Acton Island bridge). Each summer we welcome you to services in July and August. We begin with a hymn sing at 10:15am. The service starts at 10:30 with a social time to follow.
Bannockburn Community Church is wholly supported in its efforts as a congregation by the voluntary efforts and financial support of participants.
A church building was erected by early settlers around the year 1890 on the west side of Whiteside Bay beyond Victoria Island, and was used until 1912. The ministers, usually Presbyterian students, traveled to the church by canoe or horse.
The three White brothers had the surrounding land, the Church was (at the time) located on Mr. Wm. White's property. A post office, store, wharf and freight sheds were below the church, with a sawmill beyond on the point, known as Whiteside. When the families relocated, the church building stood idle for several years, but the Samuel White family on Acton Island held services conducted by students and visiting clergymen on their porch and lawn for several years.
The present site was gifted to the church by Albert E. Gordon. He built a large house on the hill beyond. The church was named Bannockburn at his request. The construction began in 1921 by Mr. Drehman of Bala and the first services were held in 1922. Evening singsongs were a popular activity held with people in boats on the lake. A second lot was purchased in 1930 to provide extra parking for cars and dock space for boats
In time, ministers of several denominations summering in the area offered their services to vacationing Congregations. Different ministers for each service were also arranged for and scheduled by the church committee. In 1938, the congregation elected to become a non-denominational church and the name became Bannockburn Community Church. We continue this tradition today.
By road — about 6 km north of Bala on Hwy. 169. Turn off at Acton Island Road. (From Glen Orchard - 2 km south, turn left at second Acton Island Road sign). Turn right again at Bannockburn sign – 1/2 km to the church.
By water – directly across from the Acton Island Bridge. Dock facilities available.
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