This OpenCaching North America Guest Book Cache is located inside the St Margaret's Historic Chapel in the Cape Chin area of the Northern Bruce Peninsula:
The posted coordinates will bring you to the bell-tower door to the Chapel. The guestbook is inside the chapel, at the back .
Please be respectful when visiting this location. The chapel has been left open for you to enjoy. This is an active place of worship with regular services held each week. Besides, can you guess Who is watching?
The following details about the Chapel have been “borrowed” from Water Lily’s letterbox description:
St. Margaret's, Cape Chin grew directly out of the ministry of the Rev. R. W."Daddy" James, stationed at Lion's Head from 1911 to 1934, whose unassuming but heroic pastoral care of the people of the Bruce became legendary. James served several mission stations throughout the Bruce, one of which was at Cape Chin, where the people, worshipping in McCallum's schoolhouse, wanted a church of their own. James found an architect in Walkerton, Major F.B. James said to him: "Cape Chin wants a church, and of course one built of stone, the stone of its own hills and valleys. Its plan and lines must be in keeping with the best Anglican tradition. There's no excuse for making a house of God in the wilderness as uncouth as the wilderness itself. Now won't you sketch me a plan of just such a church to crown the crest of a hill near Cape Chin? And don't forget lancet windows!"
The Rector's vision was fully realized. Major James patterned the Cape Chin church on one he had designed years before in Southern Rhodesia, even to the extent of duplicating its name. A priest and an architect each with the name of James would naturally incline to the saintly Margaret who was Queen of Scotland in the 11th century. Construction began in 1925. Parson James recruited donors and joined the workforce himself, employing considerable ingenuity. For example, the wood which was hewn from nearby woods was cut by a saw powered by the drive wheels of his propped-up Model "T" Ford. Harry Oswell, James's stepson, masterminded the interior woodwork. Contributions of money and labour came from Roman Catholics as well as Anglicans. Only the furnishings came from outside the Bruce, as indicated by the following concise paragraph from an article by Phil McNichol:
"A wealthy widow in London, Ont., donated money for the oak pews which were made in Owen Sound; the oak pulpit and prayer desk were made in Dundas and donated by two Wiarton Railway men, C. A. Slean and A. H. Williams; the communion table was handmade and donated by Principal C. C. Waller of Huron College; the lectern came from Homesville, donated by the local people there when their church was being closed; the church bell, of solid brass, had been an old engine bell from the Grand Trunk Railway and came from the Old Grand Trunk repair yard in Stratford; the stained glass windows were donated by William Davidson, manager of the Hobbs Glass Factory of London."
The combination of three factors, the neat grafting of an entrance and bell tower into the main structure, the outwardly sloping fall of the buttresses, and the bright textured surface of the dolomite limestone, give it an exquisite appearance. The interior is laid out in a well balanced fashion and the most striking features are the wild flower renditions which have been recently incorporated into the original stained glass windows.
St Margaret's is currently the Chapel of the Anglican Parish of the Bruce Peninsula. Services are held Sunday evenings during the summer. The church is maintained and cared for with great devotion and occupies a treasured place in the hearts of many both on the Bruce Peninsula and in distant places. It is well worth a lingering visit.
This is an excellent location for a picnic (if you need a place to stop) as there are several tables sitting around (at least during the summer) and outhouses on the maintained property.
To log this cache, you must sign the Guest Book. A photo of you at the guest book, or inside the St Margaret's Historic Chapel, is also required – this is to prevent “arm-chair” logging. Logs without photos will be deleted. You can upload a photo up to 500kb in size or you can share your expereince and post your photo to the OpenCaching North America page or to the Geocachers United FB group.
If you arrive and find the St Margaret's Historic Chapel to be closed, you may log a find if you post two photos in your “Found It” log: