Category Archive: Things From My Travels

Valley Inn – A popular spot for nature lovers once had its own popular hotel

March 2020 Known to the locals as Valley Inn, this picturesque cove on the western edge of Burlington Bay/Hamilton Harbour at the end of Burlington Heights, was once along the main land route between Hamilton and the East Flamborough Township village of Aldershot, now a part of the City of Burlington, in southern Ontario. This …

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Ruins of The Hermitage a popular attraction in the Hamilton area

March 2020 Just west of Ancaster, Ontario, in the Dundas Valley, sits the burnt-out shell of an abandoned stone mansion on a former estate property known as The Hermitage. The 165-year old ruins and the property are now a tourist attraction for hikers and those interested in the paranormal, maintained by the Hamilton Conservation Authority. …

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Hamilton Radial Electric Railway Company

March 2020 In the downtown core of Oakville, Ontario, sits a small three-story, century -old building with a link to the early era of modern public transportation in southern Ontario. Built in 1906, this building was the eastern terminus station for the Hamilton Radial Electric Railway Company (HRER). The HRER began business when they received …

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The Kedge Anchor – A relic of the War of 1812 in Holland Landing

March 2020 The small community of Holland Landing, Ontario, played an important part in the early history of Upper Canada, now known as the Canadian province of Ontario.  Today, it has a monument in a community park that has an interesting history. Holland Landing was the northernmost point of the original alignment of Yonge Street, …

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Buried bridges of Toronto

March 2020 Like most cities, Toronto has a spotted history of preserving buildings and structures from the past. Most times, old buildings and structures are torn down to make room for new ones, all in the name of progress. In some cases, it’s simply too expensive to repair them, but especially in the case of …

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QEW Monument commemorates Ontario’s first “super-highway”

March 2020 When the Ontario government of George Stewart Henry began the process of expanding and converting the Middle Road into a new Toronto to Hamilton highway in 1931, it was originally conceived as a work relief project during the Great Depression. Originally a dusty, rural concession road, the Middle Road, which ran parallel to …

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Shining a light on the past – Queen’s Wharf Lighthouse

March 2020 For centuries, going back to the days of ancient Rome, lighthouses have lined shorelines around the world to serve as a navigational aid and to warn boats of dangerous areas; like a traffic sign on the sea. The Queen’s Wharf Lighthouse is a wooden, 36 foot octagonal lighthouse, sitting on a small plot …

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Ghosts of the past – The St Thomas Psychiatric Hospital

February 2020 On Elgin County Road 4, south of St. Thomas, Ontario, sits a complex of vacant, inter-connected Queenston Limestone, Art Deco buildings, done in a Pavilion Plan style, on a 650-acre property. This is the former St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital. Opened in April 1939 as the Ontario Hospital – St. Thomas, the facility already …

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Old CPR Roundhouse the centrepiece of Toronto’s railway-themed park

February 2020 In the early part of the 20th century, the railway ruled the Toronto waterfront. Locally known as the “Railway Lands,” was once the home to a large railway switching yard, featuring two large roundhouses, the Canadian National Railways (CNR) Spadina Roundhouse, built in 1928, and the Canadian Pacific Railways (CPR) John Street Roundhouse, …

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Worthington Park – A tribute to a man and his legacy

January 2020 Major-General F.F. Worthington Memorial Park, also referred to as the “Tank Park”, serves multiple functions at Camp Borden, a military training base north of Toronto. As a part of the Base Borden Military Museum complex, it serves as an armoured vehicle museum, with armoured vehicles and artillery pieces from Canada, United States, England …

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