Ontario

Chapleau Hydro

Since I was in the area on a sunny Saturday afternoon, I thought I would check out the town of Chapleau, Ontario.  I had never been here before and the opportunity presented itself.

Immediately as I was driving in, I spotted this tiny generating station beside the road and decided that I would stop for a look on the way out of town.

Holmes Foundry

History: 

Business here began in 1918 as Holmes Blunt Ltd., opened by J.S. Blunt. The foundry manufactured car parts, predominantly engine-casting blocks for Ford.

In 1937, the workers here took part in a sit-down strike. It was shortlived as, 48 hours later, the workers were driven away from the plant by armed and violent hired thugs.

Chatham Incinerator

The first stop on my long-weekend trip was to explore an abandoned garbage incinerator in the town of Chatham, Ontario. There was very little reliable information on the history, when it was built, when it was decommissioned, etc., but it appeared to be an interesting enough place to check out.

Parham Mill

I spotted this place buried under the foliage and stopped in for a look. Almost immediately, however, I was set upon by a ravenous flock of mosquitoes who seemed determined to bleed me dry.

Unfortunately, I didn't stay long.

Breton's Restaurant and Motel

So, I've driven along this road countless times, and somehow this doesn't register on me until a couple of weeks ago. Yeah, sometimes I have tunnel vision.

It's not the most exciting place in the world. When I say it's gutted, I MEAN it's GUTTED. In the main building, there isn't even a floor left. It appears that someone had cut a hole in the end wall, and just drove a bulldozer in. There's even a dirt ramp to get in and out from the inside.

Tiny Abandoned Airport

History: 

This airport was built by Transport Canada in 1952, and was allegedly used as an operating base for CF-100 interceptors. It's primary runway, 11/29, is 6600 feet in length, and 200 feet wide.

There is mention that it was abandoned in 1958. Perhaps this was with regard to its military role, prior to its civilian utilization.

Mid Canada Line Test Site 012

History: 

At the early phase of the Cold War, the primary perceived threat was waves of Soviet bombers flying over the arctic to rain nuclear horror down upon North America. A line of radar stations across Canada, the Pinetree Line, was constructed to detect such an attack. But shortcomings in this line were being identified even before construction had been completed.

Field Lumber

History: 

The lumber mill in Field, Ontario was founded in 1914 by Zotique Mageau, and would provide employment for the town and surrounding areas for over 80 years.

On October 9, 1922, the original mill was destroyed by fire but soon rebuilt. The company was sold to Alfred Laberge, a Sudbury businessman in 1941, who in turn sold it to Jack Hope in 1956.