Category Archive: Things From My Travels

Brampton’s original Fire Hall still serving the community after 167 years

July 2021 The City of Brampton, Ontario, is a municipality that pre-dates the Confederation of Canada. Dating back to 1834, when John Elliott began selling lots near the intersection of Sideroad 5 and Concession 1, in Chinguacousy Township, what is now Main Street and Queen Street in Bampton. Elliott named the new village Brampton. The …

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Ghost Towns of Simcoe County – The rise and fall of Ballycroy

July 2021 Near the intersection of Highway 9 and County Road 50, on the border between Wellington and Simcoe Counties is a short road called Ballycroy Road. This road, along with the old General Store, attached house and barn, are all that remains of the former Town of Ballycroy. Established in the 1820s, and geographically …

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Monument to doomed Air Canada Flight 621 at crash site in Brampton

July 2021 Air travel is a very safe way to travel, with thousands of flights taking off and landing safely every day around the world. However, when things go wrong, the results can be catastrophic. On 5 July 1970, Air Canada Flight 621, a Douglas DC-8, took off from Montreal–Dorval International Airport in Montreal, Quebec, …

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Many more tears to be shed

July 2021 With the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at former Indian Residential Schools in Kamloops, British Columbia and the Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan, fresh in my mind, I visited the remains of the abandoned Spanish Indian Residential School in Spanish, Ontario. What became the Spanish Indian Residential School has its beginnings with …

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After the last guest checks out – Abandoned Lookout Inn rumoured to be haunted

July 2021 The Lookout Inn, overlooking Lake Nippising, in Callander, Ontario, was a popular hotel that operated from the mid-1950s until closing in late 1980s. Its dining area and patio provided a great view overlooking Lake Nipissing. Reportedly, one of the original owners hanged herself in the hotel, after loosing her daughter in a drowning …

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The sacrifice of Rosa Parks remembered at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

July 2021 Rosa Parks is an icon in the American civil rights movement, best remembered for her brave stand against Alabama’s segregation laws in the 1950s. On 1 December 1955, Parks was arrested after refusing an order by Montgomery, Alabama, bus driver James F. Blake, to vacate her seat in the “coloured” section of the …

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Ghostly tunnels of the abandoned Rochester Subway

June 2021 Light rail transit services have been a popular public transportation choice for cities since the 1800s. Some are built at grade on public streets, while others are built on their own dedicated corridor, sometimes above ground, and sometimes below grade. When the Erie Canal in western New York State was re-routed to bypass …

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Interesting roadside attractions in Ontario

June 2021 We see them as we drive along the roads in Ontario. Some are structures of varying sizes, some are statures or art pieces, some are vehicles or vessels, but all draw our attention in one way or another, like Jumbo the Elephant, found in St. Thomas. Here are just some of the interesting …

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Thunder Bay’s historic tourist pagoda welcomes visitors for over 100 years

May 2021 The Tourist Pagoda near the waterfront in Thunder Bay, Ontario, is the oldest continuously operating tourist information building in Canada. Built in 1909, in what was then Port Arthur, it was strategically located near the waterfront and across the railway tracks from the grand Port Arthur Union Station, so as to attract visitors …

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White River – The home of the real Winnie The Pooh

May 2021 While Walt Disney may have made Winnie The Pooh a famous American icon, the soft-hearted bear with the insatiable need for honey actually has a Canadian connection. The real Winnie the Pooh, the one that inspired Christopher Robin Milne, son of English author A.A. Milne, to name his teddy bear Winnie the Pooh, …

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