Tag Archives: Victoria Harbour

Tay Township Introduces “Museum Town” QR-Based Heritage Signage


“Museum Town” is an initiative by the Tay Township Heritage Committee, in partnership with the Huronia Museum, designed to help preserve the identity, history and memory of Tay Township.   Left to Right: Lynda Hook, Tay Heritage Committee, Nahanni Born,Huronia  … Continue reading

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The Tanner Mill


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The Victoria Harbor Lumber Company Office and the Royal Victoria Hotel


Figure 1: The VHLC Head Office (Right) and the Royal Victoria Hotel (Left) In 1885, Toronto entrepreneur John Waldie arrived in Victoria Harbour to buy the Kean, Fowlie, and the Power Lumber mills along with hundreds of square miles of … Continue reading

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The Village Library and Company Store


                      The Victoria Harbor Lumber Company                                                                                                        Store  and Library     The library was said to have been promised to the villagers of Victoria Harbour by Mr. John Waldie – … 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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Newtonville


Charles Newton, his young wife and their teenage son came to this area from England in the 1880’s. Soon after his arrival he bought a farm along the nearby Hog River (on the west half of Lot 11, Concession 6, … 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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151 George Street, Victoria Harbour


The land at 151 George Street was purchased in 1908 and 1916 by Edward Byron Brown. Mr. Brown and his wife Mary Jane moved to Tay Township from Florence in Lambton County, Ontario in 1901. He completed this impressive home … 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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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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