Category Archive: Things From My Travels

Borden dedicates new monument marking the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force

April 2024 Canadian Forces Base Borden, in the southern Ontario county of Simcoe, has been a training base for Canada’s Armed Forces for over a century. Opened on 11 July 1916 as Camp Borden, named after Sir Frederick Borden, Minister of Militia under Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier, it was originally a training centre for infantry …

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From transportation to recreation – The Caledon Trailway and the relics of a railroading past

April 2024 Since the early Nineteenth Century, railroads have have been an effective transportation option for goods and passengers. While the railways once dominated transportation, particularly land transportation, the emergence of automobiles, trucks and improved road networks gave the business community and the general public better options, leading to the demise of many railway companies …

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Is a serial arsonist behind the rash of fires at abandoned Borscht Belt hotels?

March 2024 The Borscht Belt was the colloquial name of the Catskills area of eastern New York State that was once populated with resorts and bungalow communities for Jewish clients from New York City. In an era when Jewish people still faced discrimination elsewhere, Borscht Belt resorts were a popular choice for family vacations and for …

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Beechwood National Cemetery – The final resting place of Veterans and notable Canadians

March 2024 On first glance, Beechwood Cemetery looks like any other cemetery. This cemetery in the Ottawa suburb of Vanier is the national cemetery of Canada, the final resting place for over 85, 000 Canadians from a variety of backgrounds. Most notably, Beechwood Cemetery is the national cemetery for the Canadian Armed Forces, the Royal …

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Bible camp in Grey County was originally a provincial jail

March 2024 When the Government of Ontario was looking for a location for a new super-jail for the central Ontario region, in mid-1990s, the small town of Durham, in Grey County, was on the list of proposed locations. In the end, the provincial government chose another location, but this wouldn’t have been the first time …

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Gossling’s Animal Park – A long forgotten refuge for orphaned and abandoned wild animals

March 2024 Zoos, or animal parks, have been popular tourist attractions for hundreds of years in both big cities and small communities. Simcoe County currently has the Elmvale Jungle Zoo, a seasonal zoo opened in 1967 in Elmvale, Ontario, north of Barrie. Another zoo that operated briefly in Simcoe County in the early part of …

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Historic Vigo iron truss bridge faces uncertain future

March 2024 It sits silently rusting away, but the bridge crossing the Nottawasaga River on the former Line 4 road alignment in Flos Township, north of Barrie, Ontario, has seen hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of vehicles travelling across its surface in the over 100 years it has spanned the river. Now this historic bridge …

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From The Roxy to Maverick’s Music Hall – Historic venue has entertained for almost a century

29 February 2024 Mention “The Roxx” or “The Roxy” to anyone in the southern Ontario city of Barrie, who has lived there for more than a decade, they will likely know of the art deco influenced building in downtown Barrie that has been a centre for entertainment for almost a century. Starting out as a …

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Bradford West Gwillimbury shows their support for Ukraine on the 2nd anniversary of the Russian invasion

February 2024 An enthusiastic crowd gathered at the Bradford Leisure Centre to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and to express their continued support for the Ukrainian people. Hosted by the Ukrainian Community of Bradford, dignitaries included Member of Parliament for York-Simcoe Scot Davidson, Bradford West Gwillimbury Mayor Mayor James Leduc …

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The Pink Building is now gone, but its demolition revealed a glimpse of Barrie’s past

February 2024 Another part of Barrie’s past has fallen to the wrecking ball. The southern Ontario city of Barrie is like many cities and towns across Canada, with many historic buildings in their downtown core. What became known as the “Pink Building” in recent years, due to the pink paint that covered its exterior, had …

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