Demolished

Roadside Restaurant and Gas

I decided to go camping for the long weekend, and by the time that decision was made, almost every provincial campground in Ontario was already reserved... except one. I arrived at Darlington Provincial Park after dark, and saw little. The next morning, however, while in search of breakfast, I spotted this place almost within spitting distance from the campground. They think of everything!

I would have to wait, however, as the OPP were using the entrance as a place to catch up on paperwork.

McNutt's Island Lighthouse

Whether it's how quiet the place is, the wild sheep milling about, or the incredible view, there's something about this spot that just completely captures you the moment you arrive. Standing at the opening of the fence, taking in the entire view of this location, if you're like me, you instantly go shutter happy.

Highway 11 House

While it appears this house has been the victim of a fire, I don't believe it was necessarily being lived in at the time. The rest of the interior appears as though it was undergoing extensive renovation prior to the fire happening.

There was a fair bit to look at, and it looks as though this might have been a nice place once. Books in the garage seem to indicate a sales manager, or business owner lived here at some point.

Spooner Street House

I happened to pull off the highway here while on my way west. I had nowhere in particular to be, and thought it might be interesting to take a look around this often-passed little community. It paid off almost immediately.

Update March 12, 2016: I drove past here about two weeks ago and noticed that this house, and the one next to it no longer exist.

Highway 27 House

We had pretty much decided to end our epic day after so many great locations. The sun was setting, and we were very happy explorers.

As we were making our way make to the 400 to go home, we spotted this place, and temptation got the better of us, as it generally does.

UPDATE: This location was demolished sometime between our visit and May, 2014.

Tenth Line House

I spotted this place a fair distance back from the road and just had to stop. A classic old farmhouse, there was even the stone foundation of its former barn a short distance away.

UPDATE: This location was demolished sometime between my visit and October, 2014.

Wasaga Roller Rink

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.

Waubaushene House

This was another pleasant surprise shortly after leaving the Old Muskoka Store and Page's House. Part house, possibly part store or even small bar, this place featured a few outbuildings that sorta made up for the fact that entry was difficult.

We didn't go inside the main building as the only entry point was a broken window with shards of glass that would likely have been incompatible with my shorts.