Category Archive: Things From My Travels

Former Whitby Junction Station lives on as an art gallery

August 2020 The Grand Trunk Railway (GTR) is long gone, but many of the architecturally significant stations built to serve this one grand Canadian railway company endure to this day. Built in 1903 and originally standing at the corner of Station Street (now Galt Street) and Grand Trunk Street, the Whitby Junction Station replaced an …

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Woodcester Villa – Gravenhurst’s historic octagonal home

August 2020 On a hill, overlooking the Muskoka River in Bracebridge, Ontario, sits the historic octagon house built in 1882 by wool manufacturer Henry J. Bird. Known both as Woodchester Villa and The Bird House, the house has 16 inch-thick walls, each section of which alternates between 14 feet 8 inches and 16 feet 5 …

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Restoring the past – the Canadian National Railway station in Jarvis

August 2020 A sad reality as the years march by is that some of the buildings and structures in our communities are demolished and replaced by new buildings; sometimes even historic buildings. It’s called progress. Even some that aren’t purposely demolished are left abandoned and allowed to deteriorate to the point that it’s too expensive …

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Gone but not forgotten – The Hamilton Studebaker Plant

July 2020 Hamilton, Ontario, is a proud, working-class city that is best known for its steel production, leading to its nick-name, “The Steel City.” Hamilton was also home to a Studebaker automobile factory, established in 1947, in the former WWII Otis-Fenson anti-aircraft gun plant on Victoria Street North, built in 1907. Studebaker was originally founded …

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Memories of a grand era – the Maple train station

July 2020 The Grand Trunk Railway (GTR) disappeared from the railway landscape 97 years ago, but fortunately, many of the former GTR stations remain standing today; mostly being used for non-railway functions. In Maple, Ontario, just north of Toronto, one of the former GTR stations is still a very busy railway station. Currently owned by …

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The Guild Inn – A treasure along the Scarborough Bluffs

July 2020 The Guild Inn, also known simply as The Guild, is a historic former hotel along the Scarborough Bluffs, that now operates as a banquet and special events facility. Originally known as Brickford Manor, this white stucco, Arts and Crafts-style manor house, was built in 1914 by Colonel Harold on his 40 acres property. …

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Orillia’s former Grand Trunk Railway station faces an uncertain future

July 2020 The former Canadian National Railway (CNR) station in Orillia is facing an uncertain future after being sold to a developer. Originally built by the Grand Trunk Railway (GTR) in 1917, it became part of the CNR inventory when the GTR went bankrupt six years later. It replaced the original station, which was destroyed …

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Restored Grand Trunk Railway station in Caledonia a local treasure

July 2020 The Grand Trunk Railway station in Caledonia is one of several restored railway stations that hearken back to the day of Canada’s “golden age” of railway travel, when railway stations had impressive and appealing architectural designs. The Grand Trunk Railway (GTR) built the current station in 1908, the third GTR railway station to …

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The Norfolk Carillon Tower – A towering memorial to the county’s war dead

July 2020 The Norfolk Carillon Tower, dedicated on 17 June 1925, was built to honour the men, and one woman, from Norfolk County, who were lost in The Great War. A carillon is a musical instrument that is usually housed in a bell tower on a church or other public building. Funds were raised by …

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Taber Hill – An unassuming hill that became a significant ethnological discovery

July 2020 Large parts of the earth feature rolling topography; any land formation, hill, or raised land, that is not high enough to be considered a mountain, that has been formed by erosion or some other force in nature like glaciers. Sometimes the hills we see around our communities are man-made, like Taber Hill, located …

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