Category Archive: Things From My Travels

Victory Village – a neighbourhood with a historic connection to Canada’s aviation industry

October 2019 Victory Village is a residential neighbourhood in Mississauga, Ontario, with a historic connection to Canada’s aviation industry. Situated in the former Village of Malton, next to Toronto Pearson International Airport, the neighbourhood had its beginnings during World War II, when Canada played a vital role in aircraft production for the war effort. In …

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The “Silent Hill” church – Last church standing in Centralia

September 2019 On a hill overlooking Centralia, Pennsylvania, a partially abandoned ghost town deep in Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region, sits Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church. While fans of the Silent Hill movies and video games will recognize the church as the fictional “Silent Hill” church, this church is actually one of …

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Port Dalhousie’s Lakeside Carousel – A century of family fun

September 2019 The Port Dalhousie community of St. Catherines, Ontario, is home to a unique tourist attraction. For a century, visitors to Lakeside Park have been able to ride the Lakeside Park Carousel, one of only nine antique hand carved carousels still operating in Canada and one of approximately 350 in North America. The cost …

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Memorial to two lost War of 1812 schooners on Hamilton’s waterfront

August 2019 In Confederation Park in Hamilton, Ontario, just off Van Wagners Beach, is a unique monument to the loss of two American schooners during the War of 1812. Looking like a small cemetery, there are in fact no bodies buried beneath the stones that bear the names of the 53 sailors that were claimed …

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Shining a light on the past – the Burlington Beach Canal Lighthouse

August 2019 Since 1858, a stone lighthouse has stood beside the Burlington Bay Shipping Canal, connecting Burlington Bay/Hamilton Harbour to Lake Ontario. Today, both lake freighters and pleasure craft transit through the canal, cut through the sandbar that separates the bay from Lake Ontario in the 1820s as a part of the early shipping routes …

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Memorial cairn at Wegner Point in memory of paratroopers killed in tragic accident

August 2019 On 8 May 1968 at around 8:30 pm, the worst peacetime Canadian military training accident occurred at Camp Petawawa, 100 miles north-west of Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, Ontario. It was a cold and windy day that 26 paratroopers from the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment from Wollseley Barracks in London, Ontario, and …

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Ghosts of the past – Abandoned shipping canals in Ontario and Quebec

August 2019 Shipping canals have been an important part of water transportation networks for personal and commercial usage across the world from the early days of shipping to the modern day. Most of the early canals have by larger canals to handle bigger modern ships or other forms of transportation have made them unnecessary or …

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Ode to Joy – The last Joy Gas Station restored to its former glory

August 2019 On Toronto’s waterfront, at Sir Casimir Gzowski Park on Lakeshore Blvd West, sits a small red-roofed building, done in a French château-style of architecture. This building was once one of the iconic buildings that made up the Joy Gas Station chain of service centres in the Greater Toronto Area of southern Ontario. Designed …

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Kingston’s Martello Towers – Monuments to the early defences of British North America

August 2019 Martello Towers, are small, round defensive forts, usually costal forts, that were built in the early 19th century across the British Empire. The two story forts stood up to 40 feet high and usually had a garrison of 15 to 25 men and an officer. Their round design with thick, solid masonry walls …

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Who has the smallest jail in North America?

August 2019 There is great debate as to which town holds the distinction of having the smallest jail in Canada, or even in North America. Several towns have been bold enough to declare themselves the winner of the smallest jail, with mere inches difference between all of them. Small tourist towns such as Tweed, Creemore, …

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