Tag Archives: Georgian Bay

The Tanner Mill


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The McCannell House, Port McNicoll


. Built in 1912 the McCannell house was completed and lived in by March of 1913. It has been well maintained all its life and many of the original aspects and partitions of the home have been preserved. The only … Continue reading

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Victoria Harbor Lumber Company Mills


                                                                     Figure 1: Victoria Harbour Lumber Mills c1910 In the mid-19th century a burgeoning lumber industry grew in the area, based upon the plentiful white pine in the forests along Georgian Bay. In 1843 … Continue reading

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CP Rail Staff Houses, Port McNicoll


                           Figure 1: CPR Staff Houses, First (now Talbot) Street, 1914 In 1912 the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) moved its 5 steamship fleet from Owen Sound to its newly constructed lake port and railhead at Port McNicoll.   People came from … Continue reading

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The Victoria Harbour Range Light


  In the early 1900’s marine traffic in the Victoria Harbour area had increased to the point where the Federal Department of Marine recognized that there was a need for range lights to guide lumber schooners and steamers to and … Continue reading

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Heritage Bridge in Waubaushene is Reconstructed


The Duck Bay Road Bridge spans Matchedash Bay at Waubaushene.                                                               Duck Bay Road Bridge 2012 It was built in 1927 to connect the lands on the eastern and southern shores of Georgian Bay.                                                                                                                                     Historical           … Continue reading

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2015 Ontario Archeological Society Symposium


The annual symposium of the Ontario Archeological Society (OAS) was held at the Best Western Conference Centre, Midland, on October 16 – 18 2015 Hosted by the Huronia Chapter (Midland) of the OAS, some 300+ attendees included 50+ Quebec Wendat … Continue reading

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Friends in High Places


  In the heyday of Victoria Harbour, Sir Wilfred Laurier was Prime Minister, The Victoria Harbor Lumber Company was the town’s economic engine, and John Waldie was Company President. 1898 was a very good year for Waldie and the Company, … Continue reading

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Canadian Pacific Rail Terminus, Port McNicoll


          Port McNicoll, named after a Vice President of the CPR, was founded in 1909. The Canadian Pacific Railway had decided to build its own port on Georgian Bay, to replace its terminus in Owen Sound. … Continue reading

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How the CPR Actually Acquired the S.S. Keewatin and the S.S. Assiniboia


Preamble: This information was obtained from an interview with Mr. James  D.H. McCannell  of Port McNicoll in June, 2015 by Carrie O’Brien (Tay Township Heritage and Planning Summer Student) James D.H. McCannell  was born in March, 1916 in an upstairs … Continue reading

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