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Two years later, the Mohawk Inn and Conference Centre has yet to be re-born

November 2021

The much-loved Mohawk Inn & Conference Centre in Milton, Ontario, closed its doors on 15 December 2019, with the intention of demolishing the existing 52-year-old building, so that a new, modern building could rise in its place.

Opened on 3 June 1967, the Mohawk Inn was designed as an early Canadian colonial-style Inn. It was considered the “first electric motel” in Ontario, offering the convenience of electric heating and cooling. The ceiling beams and wagon wheels inside the hotel dated back over 100 years old.

Some of the amenities included meeting rooms and a popular restaurant, the Mohawk Chop House, which offered guests breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with the Horseman’s Bar & Lounge, a reference to the nearby Woodbine Mohawk Park horse racing facility, that offers drinks, sandwiches and light snacks. The Bar dated back to 1840, when it was in the Eden Mills Hotel. It was a solid piece of cherry wood measuring 16 feet long and 17 inches wide.

Guests could also enjoy their food and drinks on the outdoor patio.

Over the years, guests who stayed at the Mohawk Inn celebrities, such as Prime Minister John Diefenbaker and hockey great Bobby Hull.

In the 1990s, Yuk Yuk’s comedy and Karaoke nights were introduced.

The original timeline called for an eighteen-month demolition and construction period, followed by a six-month period for getting the Inn up and running again. Now two years later, not only is there not a new hotel facility on the property, the slowly deteriorating original building is still standing.

Owners Shawn and Bridget Saulnier stated that the new hotel would have all the modern amenities that their guests had come to expect, including a family entertainment centre and an outdoor ropes course, with more guest rooms, bigger than the current ones, and larger meeting rooms for business conferences.

As of November 2021, it remains to be seen if the promised new hotel will come to fruition. Meanwhile, the old hotel is slowly deteriorating, from both natural elements and vandalism.

Locals and anyone else who enjoyed the food, accommodations and banquet facilities at the Mohawk Inn & Conference Centre can only hope that it does.

Sources: https://www.insidehalton.com/community-story/9699728-major-hotel-and-conference-centre-in-milton-closing-its-doors, The Mohawk Inn closes with many bittersweet memories and great plans for the future – Milton Villager, Mohawk Inn & Conference Centre – Venue – Campbellville – Weddingwire.ca, Hotel Mohawk Inn and Conference Centre in Milton Ontario Canada – 12 Photos & 63 Reviews ParkSleepHotels.com, Mohawk Inn and Conference Centre 2* ➜ Milton, Hamilton, Halton and Brant, Canada (47 guest reviews). Book hotel Mohawk Inn and Conference Centre 2* (readytotrip.com).

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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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