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Lyons Creek Elementary School – Rural school still standing 50 years after the last student left

March 2023

Not far from the Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls, Ontario, is the former Lyons Creek Elementary School. Opened in 1955 at as two-room school, it saw the addition of two additional rooms in 1959.

The small school had a brief life, as declining enrolment throughout the 1960s resulted in the Niagara District School Board closing Lyons Creek Elementary. The students were sent to the newly built FJ Rutland school in nearby Chippawa for the 1970-71 school year.

The Lyons Creek building was retained as a community centre, but a fire the following year in one of the bathrooms damaged the interior of the building to such an extent, that repairing it was deemed not worth the money.

The building was sold to a local farmer who, who used it for storage, with livestock pens surrounding the exterior.

By 2012, the property was up for sale again, but was still being used for storage. It remains abandoned and unused today. In the last couple of years, the interior was cleaned out, providing the first glimpse of what the abandoned school looked like before its transformation into an agricultural building for the first time in over 50 years.

Sources: (2) Facebook“A Brief History of Lyons Creek Elementary” & Lyons Creek Elementary: A unique chance to explore a school closed for half a century – Thread – Urban Exploration Resource (uer.ca).

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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