Lakewood Motel

Category Exploration Date Status Province / State Country
Gas / Motels / Hotels August 13, 2016 Demolished Ontario Canada

Posted on: Tue, 08/16/2016 - 11:15 By: Mike

While camping at an Ontario Provincial Park, we decided, as we often do, to take a drive and explore the surroundings beyond the park.  On this particular day, the weather was being a little uncooperative, so we didn't mind spending the time in the truck.

Empty sign by the highway.

As we wandered about, we saw a number of interesting things, but this jumped out at us.  Unfortunately, it had jumped out to someone else as well, so we decided to continue on and stop on the way back.  On the return trip, I pulled in, grabbed my camera and set about checking the place out.

Looking down the line of units.

What little I've been able to piece together is that the Lakewood Motel was opened in 1980, but closed in 2010.  I was able to find only one online review from 2008 in which the customer seemed quite pleased.

2010 calendar.

The calendars inside, and various paperwork suggested the 2010 closing date.  Google Street View images from 2012 showed the place was still in reasonable condition.  At this point, however, as you'll see from the photos, the vandals have clearly had their way with the place.

Update August 14, 2017:  The motel was completely destroyed by fire.  See attached news article for details.

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