"Canada's Unofficial Poet Laureate"

His poems about our peninsula, its lakes, shores and islands rocked our young nation and earned him acclaim as Poet Laureate of the Lakes.


Along the line of smoky hills
the crimson forest stands
And all the day the blue jay calls
Throughout the autumn lands.

Now by the brook the maple leans
with alhis glory spread,
and all the sumachs on the hills
Have turned their green to red.

Now by great marshes wrapt in mist
Or past some river's mouth,
Throughout the long still autumn day
Wild birds are flying south.

Haste to the woods, put books away
They'll wait the tardy comer,
For them there's many a winter's day
But brief's our Indian Summer.


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William Wilfred Campbell,

1861 - 1918

2019 Submissions Open!
$10 for each Adult. Free for Youth
Each poet may submit 1-2 poems
Submit by May 27th (Youth) or June 10th (Adult) to the Wiarton Library


Adult Category

 Two prizes of $500 

Youth Categories

Grades 1-3 - $125

Grades 4-5 - $125

Grades 6-8 - $125

Grades 9-12 - $125

Festival Date

June 23, 2019    1-3pm

The Meeting Place

​Wiarton, Ontario