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The adventures of Teddy

Teddy visits the abandoned railway town of Depot Harbour, Ontario.

Located on Parry Island, Ontario, Depot Harbour was founded in 1892 as a railway company town by John Rudolphus Booth, the owner of the Ottawa, Arnprior and Canadian Atlantic Railway.

Depot Harbour, which served as the western terminus for the railway, featured many of the amenities of any other town, including 110 houses, two large grain elevators, a railway station, roundhouse, a hotel, a bank and stores.

Depot Harbour would go on to become one of the most important Great Lakes shipping ports, along with Collingwood, Midland and Owen Sound, with the best natural harbour on the Great Lakes.  Trains bringing goods were arriving and departing every twenty minutes.

In 1926, the roundhouse and rail yard were closed by then owner Canadian National Railways, something that would lead to the decline of the town, which had 1600 permanent residents, with around double that in the summer.

Several factors lead to the decline of Depot Harbour, such as the abandonment of the railway line through Algonquin Park that led to the town.  A drop in grain prices brought on by the Great Depression further killed Depot Harbour as a shipping port. The CNR decided to close the port facilities in 1933 and transfer operations to its own facility in South Parry. The population gradually moved away in search of jobs and by 1941, ships stopped arriving.

Today the shell of the roundhouse and several house foundations are all that remain of Depot Harbour.


Teddy visits the Tonawanda Fire Department to learn about fire safety.

Some important fire safety tips to remember:

Make sure your house has working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors on all levels in your house, especially outside all sleeping areas, make sure to test it once a month to ensure it is working properly and change the batteries twice a year. Remember: smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors save lives!

If you hear the smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector go off, get out of the house and call 911.

Make a family escape plan, practice it periodically and have a meeting place if you have to escape from different exits in your house. Remember: Once you are outside the house, don’t go back inside for any reason because you may be quickly overcome by smoke. Most people who die in a house-fire will die from smoke inhallation, not the fire itself. Only the fire-fighters should go inside the house as they have special masks that allow them to breath in a smoke-filled house.

If you can’t get out of your house, get into a in a room away from the fire, put towels at the base of the door, get to a window if you can and stay as low to the floor as you can.
If your clothes catch fire: STOP, DROP AND ROLL. Rolling on the ground or floor will help to smother the fire and prevent you from getting burned.

If you see or smell smoke, Stay Low and Go! Smoke rises, so by staying as low to the floor as possible, you will have a better chance of getting out. Cover your head with a wet towel if you can.

Never cook without an adult present.

Don’t play in the kitchen when someone is cooking.

Keep towels and other flammables away from stove-tops, fire places and heaters.

Never place clothes or other flammables on a lamp.

Do not plug too many items into a single electrical outlet.

Never play with matches or lighters!

Make sure your parents clean out the dryer vent, have the furnace inspected once a year and if your home has a chimney, make sure it is cleaned once a year.


Teddy visits the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The museum was founded in 1983 to celebrate the singers, musicians, songwriters, producers, disc jockeys, record executives, journalists and other industry professionals who have had a major influence on the development of Rock and Roll music. The museum contains hundreds of artifacts and other memorabilia from over 60 years of Rock and Roll.

Artists are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at an annual induction ceremony, immortalizing the names of those who have made modern music so great.


Teddy visits the Parliament of Canada

Teddy visits the Parliament of Canada, the federal legislative branch of Canada, in the national capital of Ottawa, Ontario.

Housed in this building are and the House of Commons, which is the Lower House of the government, where laws of Canada are made, and the Senate, which is the Upper House of the Government, where the laws are formally approved. The building also houses offices for the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Official Opposition and the other Members of Parliament.

Built in the Gothic Revival style, the present Centre Block is the second building housing Canada’s parliament. The original building was built in 1859, but destroyed by fire in 1916. The only remnants of the original Centre Block is the Library of Parliament. The current Centre Block building was built in front of the library soon after the fire. The Peace Tower, with the Canadian flag perched on its top, was completed in 1927.


Teddy visits Brock’s Monument, Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Teddy at Brock’s Monument in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, the site of the famous battle during the War of 1812.

Major-General Sir Isaac Brock was a British Army officer who commanded the 1st Lincoln Militia in Upper Canada (present-day Ontario) during the War of 1812. Major-General Brock died at the Battle of Queenston Heights on October 13, 1812, a battle where the British forces defeated the invading American army.


About the author

Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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