Monteith Mansion

Posted on: Sat, 11/24/2012 - 15:15 By: Mike

On a warm, sunny Sunday, I set out with a list of targets programmed into my trusty GPS. Unfortunately, my GPS decided to be not-so-trusty. After a botched map upgrade, it essentially developed amnesia.

I only had an idea of the location of one of the targets off the top of my head, so I continued on my way.

I arrived and took a nice walk through the woods, following the path I assumed was the correct one. Rising up a hill, I could make it out through the trees. I had arrived.

Observatory House

Posted on: Sat, 11/24/2012 - 15:15 By: Mike


From what I've been able to piece together, this building was originally constructed as a dedicated observatory for the Canadian Astronomical Research Group in 1976. The equipment, apparently including a 24" telescope, was removed in 1997, and the building converted into a private home.

Source: Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Newsletter, Vol. 71, p.L7

Wrigley Mansion

Posted on: Sat, 04/07/2012 - 15:15 By: Mike


There are very few mentions of the history of this location online, and those are contradictory. Speaking with a local gentleman walking his dog, this is what I was able to learn.

Made from stone, and the victim of a devastating fire, this beautiful old house, and its scenic property are still being cared for by the current owner. It was built in the '50's, and the Wrigley's were good people who sold the products from their farm to the local community.

Zombie House

Posted on: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 15:15 By: Mike

The name I gave this place derives from the fact that a friend of mine did a zombie photo shoot here. It was quite impressive.

The house itself is old. Very old. The construction suggests this may have been among the earliest homes in the area. Clearly electricity was an afterthought.

Rush Point House

Posted on: Mon, 09/19/2011 - 15:15 By: Mike

While spending the weekend camping, I had opportunity to drive some back roads where I stumbled on this place. I decided I'd stop and have a look around. There wasn't a great deal inside, but what was there was fun to check out. The wooden shingles on the back side of the house were blackened in a way that suggested that perhaps there had been a grass fire very near. How the house didn't catch and burn is beyond me as it didn't look that it would take much.

Mouse House

Posted on: Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:15 By: Mike

This house was shared with me by a fellow explorer. I decided to go and have a look since I was camping not too far away from there. It was definitely worth it. All old houses that I've explored have their own unique character, but this one had something extra. I don't know what, I couldn't put a name on it if I had to, but just... something.

Jumbo Road House

Posted on: Sun, 10/03/2010 - 15:15 By: Mike

The driveway is a bit long, as the property is set back off the road. This, like so many of the older places I've visited, had interesting characteristics, particularly the angles of the ceiling upstairs. I was surprised, however, to get a blast from the past in the basement with the discovery of an old Radio Shack TRS-80 computer.

Manitoulin House 13

Posted on: Wed, 09/29/2010 - 15:15 By: Mike

I caught the briefest glimpse of this house as I was driving along, and slowed immediately, watching my left side for another look. In a moment, the trees along the side of the road broke, and I found a long driveway leading back to this house standing in the middle of the field. I pulled in, and feeling myself sliding on wet, soft ground, I put on the 4-wheel drive for good measure, and drove right up beside it.

French River House

Posted on: Sun, 09/19/2010 - 15:15 By: Mike

For untold years, countless people have driven past this place, and like myself, I sincerely doubt they ever knew the place existed. Surrounded by trees up until a very short time ago, it was very well camouflaged and hidden from the ceaseless traffic on the highway below it. Now, the trees are gone as plans to widen the highway into 4 lanes continues, and the clock ticks on measuring out the last days of someone's tiny former home.

Osseo House

Posted on: Mon, 06/28/2010 - 15:15 By: Mike

I spotted this place while on my way to look for some mines. Looking around the outside, I realized quickly that this was a home that had children at some point. This would be further reinforced by the things I found inside.

In addition, there were some... peculiar things I noted. I'll leave further interpretation to you without comment.

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