Category Archive: Things From My Travels

Historic Dundas Town Hall is one of the longest serving municipal buildings in Canada

January 2021 The historic Dundas Town Hall in Dundas, Ontario, holds the unique distinction of being one of the oldest continuously serving municipal buildings in Canada. It’s served so long as a municipal building, almost 174 years, that it pre-dates Canadian Confederation itself. Completed in July 1849 at a cost of £2,500, the exterior of …

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The oldest building in Dundas faces an uncertain future

January 2021 There is a small, unassuming stone building on Hatt Street, next to Dundas Town Hall. While it certainly looks old, what’s not obvious is that it’s the oldest building in this small southern Ontario town. Built in 1804 by Richard Hatt, the historic building was originally as a storage and office building next …

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Abandoned Great Western Railway bridge was the site of a terrible train collision

January 2021 All across Canada and the United States, the remnants of abandoned rail lines can be found, including the bridges, tunnels and railway stations along the railway route. In Dundas, Ontario, the abandoned Great Western Railway bridge that crosses over Sydenham Creek, at the base of the Niagara Escarpment, was the scene of a …

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Historic stone arch railway bridge is older than Canada

January 2021 When North America was still being settled, railways helped transport people and goods across Canada and the United States. In fact, it was the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway line across Canada in 1885, that helped open up the west to settlement, and brought British Columbia into Confederation. Over the past 200 …

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Legendary Canadian artist Tom Thomson remembered at Canoe Lake

January 2021 Tom Thomson was a Canadian artist, considered one of the most important and influential Canadian artists, known for the landscape paintings depicting the beauty of Ontario that he painted during his short life. An avid outdoorsman, Thomson produced around 400 oil sketches on small wood panels and around an additional 50 on canvas, …

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Grimsby’s historic Grout Nelles house gets a new lease on life

January 2021 In towns and cities across Canada, historic buildings are demolished all the time in the name of progress. Developers will pay big money for the land these buildings stand on, sometimes with little care for the significance of these buildings. In too many cases, the developers will allow the building to deteriorate to …

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Barrie’s historic Lount Castle lives on as a luxury apartment building

January 2021 The City of Barrie, 50 miles north of Toronto, has many historic buildings, but one of the more stunning is known as Lount’s Castle. Built in 1877 as a summer home for William Lount, Jr., a Toronto lawyer, judge and politician, and the son of United Empire Loyalist William Lount, Sr., who served …

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Many reminders of Washago’s railway history remain

December 2020 The small, white clapboard Canadian National Railway station in Hamlet of Washago, Ontario, is just one of the remnants of the long-defunct Canadian Northern Railway (CNoR), a historic railway dating back the the end of the 19th Century. The station building was built in 1906, along Centennial Park Drive, but was moved from …

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The remnants of Hamilton’s once thriving Chedoke Ski Hill

December 2020 The footprints we leave behind For almost 40 years, Hamilton was a popular skiing destination for those in the Hamilton area. The Chedoke Winter Sports Park, once called  “Hamilton’s own Sun Valley,” was a popular choice for skiers, especially those wishing to stick close to their Hamilton-area home. Officially opened on 7 January …

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Canadian connection to “the largest ship in the world”

December 2020 The name of the Steam Ship (S.S.) Great Eastern may not mean a lot to those with no interest in maritime history, but when it was launched on 31 January 1858, it was the largest ship ever built at the time. It was also the first ship to be powered by both sail …

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