Category Archive: Things From My Travels

Wreckage of doomed Cessna 205 can be found along the walking trails of Silent Valley Nature Reserve

April 2021 The Silent Valley Nature Reserve, south of Meaford, Ontario, is full of geological and historical treasures, like many parts of the Bruce Trail, which is the oldest and longest marked hiking trail in Canada. It also contains a unique monument to an aviation tragedy. The land that makes up Silent Valley was originally …

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Pioneer cemetery is the final resting place of some of Grey County’s earliest black settlers

April 2021 The Old Durham Road Pioneer Cemetery, in Artemesia Township, is the final resting place for some of the first black families to settle in this farming community, around 100 miles north-west of Toronto, Ontario. Located south-east of the village of Priceville, the cemetery is surrounded by rolling fields that have changed little over …

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Secord Pet Cemetery – The final resting place of our beloved pets

April 2021 While pet cemeteries are no where near as common as cemeteries for humans, they do exist. The first one in Canada was opened in King Township, north of Toronto, Ontario. While it had its last burial around 1975, and has been largely abandoned for over four decades, it’s now owned by the Town …

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Toronto’s other castle – The Glengrove Hydro Substation

April 2021 When someone mentions Toronto’s castle, most thing of the historic Casa Loma, a large ch√Ęteau that was once the majestic home of Major-General Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, CVO, a Canadian financier and soldier; once the biggest private residence ever constructed in Canada. Some long-time residents of Toronto will remember the Glengrove Substation, also …

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The two lone graves of an abandoned and near-forgotten pioneer cemetery

March 2021 On the north side of Old Barrie Rd, next to the new entrance of the landfill site, east of Line 5 in Oro-Medonte Township, Ontario, sit two lone grave sites. It’s believed that these graves belonged to graves are the final resting place of black settlers who came to this region in the …

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Church that’s stood since the days of Sir John A. Macdonald faces demolition

March 2021 A church in the small Town of Angus, Ontario, which is almost as old as Canada itself, is facing demolition to make way for a proposed 26 -unit townhouse development. Zion Presbyterian Church at 14 Margaret Street, which held its final service on 30 September 2018, was bought by Wynstar Developments in April 2019, …

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Historic former Vespra Township Hall still serving the community

March 2021 The Midhurst Community Centre building on Doran Road, in the small southern Ontario village of Midhurst is a fairly simple, small, non-descript building. This historic building serves as a meeting and special events facility for the small community in Springwater Township of around 3, 000 people, as it has since it was formally …

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Ravenscliffe Castle – Hamilton’s other castle

March 2021 Hamilton, Ontario, is an old city that has many historic buildings still standing, even as the city has grown and changed. Dundurn Castle, the LCol John Weir Foote, VC, CD Armouries, the Scottish Rite, the former Canadian National Railways station and the former Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railways station. Ravenscliffe Castle is a …

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Secret World – Hamilton’s abandoned Memorial Garden

March 2021 The Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is a celebrated 2,422 acre nature sanctuary straddling the border of Burlington and Hamilton, at the tip of Lake Ontario, in the Golden Horseshoe area of southern Ontario. Officially established in 1941, through the over decade-long efforts of Thomas B. McQueston, Chair of the City of Hamilton Board …

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Historic Tollkeeper’s House is one of Toronto’s oldest homes

March 2021 At the corner of Davenport Road and Bathurst Street in Toronto, Ontario, sits a small, white clapboard cottage, with a modern addition on the west side. This historic three room cottage, 20 feet by 30 feet in size, is listed by the City of Toronto as being the twelfth oldest residence remaining in …

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