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A Review of Early Gold and Other Mining in Canada


  Presented by James Douglas Haig McCannell   James McCannell is Canada’s oldest active geologist, (geochemist and engineer as well), born in 1916 in Port McNicoll. His first mining experience was a job underground as a helper on a rock … 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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Early History of the Port McNicoll Public School: 1911 – 1953


In light of declining enrollment and ageing infrastructure, the Simcoe County District School Board decided in 2013 to close the elementary schools in Port McNicoll and Waubaushene. Beginning in the fall of 2015, students from the Waubaushene and Victoria Harbour Schools … Continue reading

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Closing the Waubaushene Public School


  Figure 1: Waubaushene Elementary School 2015 2015 saw the last graduating class from S.S. 12, Waubaushene Elementary School.  In light of declining enrollment and ageing infrastructure, the Simcoe County District School Board had decided in 2013 to close the … Continue reading

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The Robinson Homestead


THE ROBINSON HOMESTEAD 95 YEARS 1865 – 1960 Submitted and Preamble by Glenn Mount, Huntsville  I do not know the author of this piece, but it is in papers from my mother, Mrs. Albert (Marjorie) Mount who lived on Conc. … Continue reading

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