Category Archive: Things From My Travels

Can their souls ever find peace? A cemetery with a tragic past

November 2019 Beside the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Headquarters in Orillia, Ontario, there is a small cemetery with a particularly tragic past. While death is a sad thing, most cemeteries provide some comfort and solace to surviving family and friends of the deceased interred in the cemetery; a place to visit to remember and reflect …

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Project Turnaround – Was this failed experiment in youth justice given a fair chance?

November 2019 In Ontario in the mid-1990s, the Ontario government under Premier Mike Harris made an attempt to reform incarceration for youth offenders in the province and Project Turnaround was the result. In 1997, a small youth jail was opened in Hillsdale, Ontario, taking over the facilities of Camp Hillsdale, a former adult offender agricultural …

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Battle of the Atlantic Memorial pays tribute to Canadian sailors lost in critical WWII campaign

October 2019 Canada’s military has been involved in many battles and campaigns throughout the history of Canada, but none lasted as long or were arguably more important to the Allied victory in Europe than the Battle of the Atlantic, a campaign that lasted the entire duration of World War II. Along with British, Commonwealth and …

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Canada’s “Fightingest Ship” – HMCS Haida now a floating museum

October 2019 HMCS Haidia, the last surviving Royal Canadian Navy Tribal-class destroyer, has been called the “Fightingest Ship in the Royal Canadian Navy;” a ship that sank the most enemy surface tonnage of any other ship in the Royal Canadian Navy. During her twenty-year service, from 1943-1963, covering two wars, HMCS Haida earned five battle …

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The lost town of Alvira – The sad story behind the abandoned Bunkers of Alvira

October 2019 About four miles north-west of the Borough of Allenwood, Pennsylvania, is the Town of Alvira. Now a ghost town, this once bustling community is now known as the home of the United States federal prison, Federal Correctional Complex, Allenwood. For urban explorers, there is a different reason to go to this deserted town: …

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Centralia clean-up a popular annual event

October 2019 For the 6th year in a row, volunteers descended upon Pennsylvania’s “Lost Town,” the Borough of Centralia, a mostly-vacant borough with an underground mine fire that has been burning beneath it for 57 years and counting. Organized by the non-profit organization EPCAMR (Eastern PA Coalition of Abandoned Mine Reclamation), since its inception in …

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If these walls could talk – Historic county jails offer an insight into the past of crime & punishment

October 2019 Have you ever wondered what it’s like is jail, but didn’t want to go through the bother of committing a crime?  Well, the good news is that there are many former jails and penitentiaries that are open for public tours.  Some, like the former Carleton County Jail in Ottawa, Ontario, also double as …

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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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