The Skylark Drive In, in its original incarnation, opened in the 1950's, and closed in 1982 and lay unused.
I spotted this place from the highway as i was passing by, and doubled back. Having a look at the place, and the notice on the door, I discovered that Thessalon Marine had been closed down due to bankruptcy in April, 2002.
While I wasn't able to get inside, I found it nevertheless an interesting place to have a look at.
As I understand it, this place has been closed since at least 2000. Certainly, it appears from the satellite imagery on Google Earth that it has been some time.
I was reading elsewhere that someone had an apartment in the upper levels of the screen. Unfortunately, I wasn't aware of that until we had left. Given the number of holes and flopping metal we saw, I'm thinking that such an apartment would likely be a little leaky by now.
We spotted in this place amid the trees as we were checking out the Wasaga Roller Rink. It was difficult to determine what it was, exactly, but clearly it was a tourist attraction of some kind.
We did find a sign that appeared to belong to the Wasaga Beach Paint-ball group, which does border on the far side of this property.
I barely spotted this place over a berm of dirt from the road. I wasn't sure at first exactly what condition it might be in, but I doubled back and parked next to the water tower. Then I circled around the tower and came onto the property from behind.
What I found appeared, at first to be a motel. As it turns out, after speaking with some of the locals, this was in fact an outdoor roller rink. Today, however, it appears it's a favourite place for the local kids to party, drink, read porn, and worst of all, skateboard.
I'm pretty sure this place is still being used, given how clean and well-maintained everything appeared to be. Perhaps we just arrived before the season started. Still, we decided to stop and take pictures anyway because you don't run across drive-in theatres every day.
Racing had informally been happening here for a number of years before formal racing began with a dirt track in the early 1970's. It didn't last long, however, as Hurricane closed down after only a few years of operation.
This is really two locations in one, but since they were immediately adjacent to each other, I'd just combine them.
The Cement Plant was the subject of a newspaper article just before I visited. The reporter came to this place, decided it was an eyesore and hangout for drug abusers, and other undesirables, and called for its destruction.
Shortly afterwards, the city was able to locate the current owner and pressure them to demolish the structure.