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Tay Heritage Driving Tour, August 7


The Tay Heritage and Port McNicoll Centenary Committees Present the Civic Holiday Tay Heritage Driving Tour, Monday August 7 Join us at the 2017 “Tay Heritage Driving Tour”, a car rally based on having fun and exploring the local area.  … Continue reading

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Scotland to Canada by Sailing Ship, A Family Odyssey


  Preamble The following article was composed by James McCannell (Sr.) of Port McNicoll in the 1920’s. Mr. McCannell was Captain of the CPR steamship Assiniboia from 1914 until his retirement in 1936, and gave this account of the voyage … Continue reading

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Waubaushene Home Becomes a Designated Heritage Site


Tay Township Council has designated the home at 200 Cherry Street in Waubaushene as significant under the Ontario Heritage Act; i.e. it is of value to the community because of its history, architecture, or place in the growth of the … Continue reading

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Louis Brousseau and the Chicago World’s Fair


Many long-term residents of this area will remember the name Louis Brousseau,      well-known for delivering fresh vegetables and berries from his island garden to the towns along the southern shores of Georgian Bay. His nicknames of “Onion King” and “Cranberry Brousseau” … Continue reading

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St. John’s Church Complex in Waubaushene Destroyed by Fire, November 1916


                  The Roman Catholic Church presence in Waubaushene dates back to the town’s beginnings as a lumbering centre in 1861. In that year William Hall established a mill on the shore line east from what is now Pine Street. As … Continue reading

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Iconic Old Waubaushene House Demolished


        Figure 1: 15 Willow Street 2015, from North       Figure 2: East (Coldwater Road) Elevation The house at 15 Willow Street, Waubaushene will soon be no more. It was built c.1880 across Coldwater Road from the head office and company store … Continue reading

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James McCannell’s Heritage Orchard


      The following article describes  the orchard established by Port McNicoll resident James McCannell in memory of his late wife. museum-orchard_seeds-of-diversity-magazine-29-3     This article was originally published in Seeds of Diversity magazine (29.3). Find out more at http://www.seeds.ca/magazineContinue reading

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