Category Archive: Things From My Travels

Restored train station the lone reminder of the forgotten hamlet of Vine

October 2020 Dating back to the early 1800s, when railways came into being across the world, train stations were constructed along the rail lines to accommodate the flow of passengers and cargo in the villages, towns and cities through which the rail lines traveled. Sometimes towns sprang up around these stations where no town existed …

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Park dedicated to the memory of York Regional Police officer

October 2020 A community park in the Town of Keswick in southern Ontario is dedicated to the memory of a York Regional Police officer killed in the line of duty back in 2011. Constable Garrett Styles was on patrol at 5am on the morning of 28 June 2011, when he made a “routine” traffic stop …

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Hamilton’s historic TH&B Railway Station given a fitting new life

October 2020 Hamilton, Ontario, is like many older cities around the world that have lost historic buildings to neglect and re-development. Happily, many still stand and some have even been restored to their former glory after years of neglect. Back when the railways were king, Hamilton had one of its own railway companies, the Toronto, …

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Hamilton’s grand Canadian National Railway Station now a banquet centre

October 2020 The former Canadian National (CN) Railway Station on James Street North in Hamilton, dates back to a grand era when the railways were king and their passenger stations were often grand and architecturally stunning buildings. When CN needed a new station along the former Grand Trunk Railway line in North Hamilton, which they …

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Oro-Medonte honors long-lost soldier by naming road past family farm in his memory

October 2020 In May 1942, George McNutt left his family farm in Medonte Township, taking a train from the nearby Canadian Pacific Railway station at Craighurst, and joined the Canadian Army, serving initially with the Lanark and Renfrew Scottish Regiment. He never returned home. On 4 October 1944, Private George McNutt died while fighting in …

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Horseshoe Valley honours soldier killed in Afghanistan War

October 2020 In October 2009, 23 year-old Private Kevin McKay deployed to Afghanistan with his regiment, the 1st Battalion of the Princess Patricia‚Äôs Canadian Light Infantry, based at Steele Barracks in Edmonton, Alberta. On 13 May 2010, Private McKay was on foot patrol near the village of Nakhonay, in the Panjwai district of Afghanistan. The …

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Ionian Cross-topped fieldstone cairn a monument to early Scottish settlers in Innisfil Township

October 2020 Cemeteries frequently contain elaborate and ornate monuments, some incorporated into the tombstones, and some stand-alone. Some monuments are simpler, but still eye-catching. The 6th Line Cemetery in the Town of Innisfil, Ontario, north of Toronto, has a large natural fieldstone cairn topped by an Ionian Cross at the main entrance to the cemetery. …

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Barry’s Bay railway station – A remnant of the long-vanished OA&PS Railway

October 2020 Before the motor vehicles and major highway systems, the railway was the fastest and most efficient way to transport people and goods across the country. In addition to the national railways, like Canadian National and Canadian Pacific, there were many smaller regional railways that criss-crossed the provinces and territories, connecting towns and villages …

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The mud church of Shanty Bay

September 2020 The small Village of Shanty Bay, north of Barrie, Ontario, has a historic church that is one of the few remaining structures in Ontario built of “rammed earth.” Built in the Gothic Revival style, beginning on 29 June 1838, and officially dedicated as St. Thomas Anglican Church on 27 February 1842, “rammed earth” …

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Lest We Forget – Woodbridge War Memorial Tower

September 2020 In the years after World War I ended, cities, towns and villages across Canada erected cenotaphs to honour the men from their communities who died in the war. Most consisted of a carved square granite column listing the names of the dead, topped with a granite statue of a uniformed soldier. Some are …

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