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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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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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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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Waubaushene’s Lumber Era (1861 – 1924)


  In the mid-19th century, several forces had combined to create a burgeoning lumber industry in this area. White pine was in plentiful supply along the shores and rivers emptying into Georgian Bay and the north shore of Lake Huron. … Continue reading

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Georgian Bay Lumber Company Waubaushene Mill


            Figure 1: Waubaushene Mill, Matchedash Bay c1920 The headquarters and largest of the Georgian Bay Lumber Company mills was located in Waubaushene. This mill employed about 250 men, including millwrights, blacksmiths, sawyers, filers, lumber pilers, and general labourers. … Continue reading

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