Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia, had an extensive collection of animals, acquired personally or as gifts from others. His son, who inherited his throne, did not share this passion. Thanks largely to the efforts of Martin Hinrich Lichtenstein, a professor at the Berlin University, animals, land and buildings were donated by the king and in 1844, the zoo was opened.
It was a beautiful day while camping on the shores of Lake Superior when we hit the open road to do some exploring. There were several targets on our list this fine day, but this was a chance find on Google Maps.
I was initially thrown off. From the satellite photos, it seemed obvious that it was a race track. Street View, however, showed a Young Drivers of Canada sign over the gate. Apparently it was a driver training facility. But there were grandstands... Clearly this place had had at least two lives.
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.