PHOTOlog | early settlement on old waterways SIMCOE

colonial history, historical Canadian waterways

Innisfil township overlooks Cook’s Bay on Lake Simcoe – an important historic waterway – Samuel de Champlain came through here as did Sir John Franklin. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, May 2015

early Ontario fieldstone construction, first post office, fire

One of four heritage-designated buildings in Innisfil, the 1841 Barclay House, the township’s first post office, was destroyed by fire on New Year’s Eve 2014. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, March 2016

SIMCOE County | Innisfil Township

PHOTOlog | church among the pines VICTORIA

derelict, closed pioneer church, kawartha lakes

Rosedale / Norland P.O. weathered church north of Fenelon Falls on north side of water inlet. Now cottage country, these towns were established on an important shipping waterway. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, July 2015

VICTORIA County | Somerville Township

PHOTOlog | villages tucked away DUFFERIN

Jessopville, Ontario, historical, schoolhouse, derelict, wind power

Jessopville schoolhouse with wind farm. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, April 2014

Hornings Mills, Ontario, historical, hamlet

Hornings Mills, first settled 1830, established 1848 by government road. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, October 2011.

DUFFERIN County | Melancthon Township

PHOTOlog | gateway to the north MUSKOKA

Morrison township, first of the back-townships to be settled in Ontario's new North 1858

Commemorating the first steps into the “District”, with the enticement of free land grants in the “back townships”. Photo credit, Lisa Rance, September 2014

Derelict, general store, Kilworthy, Ontario, early muskoka

Kilworthy General Store, derelict, although hardly an abandoned community today. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, July 2013

MUSKOKA District | Morrison Township

PHOTOlog | fading derelict GREY

Desboro, Ontario, farm, derelict, tin roof

Derelict yellow brick with tin roof, Concession 12, near Desboro. The outer buildings are still in use. Mennonite community here. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, April 2014.

GREY County | Sullivan Township

PHOTOlog | truly truant HURON

historical schoolhouse, Huron county, derelict, autumn

Union School No. 11 Nile Rd. east of Sheppardton, was in operation from 1862-1955. Date of this construction, unknown. The (contested) wind energy companies in this area, have an inventory of local Built-Heritage / Cultural-Heritage assessment component in the planning phases. Information on this property, and more, found in the report by K2 Wind Power Project. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, October 2013.

HURON County | Ashfield Township

PHOTOlog | castle ruin GREY

Collingwood, Ontario, historical, stone masonry, folly, derelict, winter

Osler Castle ruins, built 1893. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, February 2012

GREY County | Collingwood Township

PHOTOlog | industrial revitalization SIMCOE

derelict industrial building revitalized in collingwood

The historical Tremont Hotel in Collingwood; a fascinating restoration – now a studio-gallery and cafĂ©. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, October 2011

SIMCOE County | Nottawasaga Township