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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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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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Establishing The First Canadian Transcontinental Railway


  Preamble James Douglas Haig McCannell, third son of Captain James McCannell, born in March, 1916, resides in the original family home in Port McNicoll. While growing up, he heard many Canadian Pacific Railway Company (C.P.R.) stories from his father. Because … Continue reading

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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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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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Bonar Presbyterian Church


  Bonar’s history is the history of Port McNicoll. In 1912 the five ship Canadian Pacific Railway fleet moved to town from Owen Sound.  Construction of the church likely began sometime in 1913, reportedly on land donated by the CPR. … 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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