Prince Edward Heights

Category Exploration Date Status Province / State Country
Military August 16, 2007 Repurposed Ontario Canada

Posted on: Thu, 08/16/2007 - 15:15 By: Mike

Front of the main building.

While looking for somewhere else completely, I accidentally drove onto this property while on summer vacation. It was instantly clear that it was no longer serving its intended purpose, and that it had once belonged to the military. It just has that look. We stepped out of the truck and took a brief look around before we were approached by the current tenants of the building. We spoke for a short time about the building and its history, and my interest in it. In short time, they were kind enough to grant me permission to go inside and take pictures.

Stairway inside the main entrance.

As near as I've been able to determine, the facility began life with the Canadian Armed Forces, and was later used as a nursing home from around 1970 until its eventual closure in 1999. It lay vacant for quite some time, was briefly considered as a potential "boot camp" for young offenders before being sold and used as a paintball battleground.

Kitchen facilities.

I have seen more recent photos of the interior, and I have to say that things have deteriorated considerably. Paint balls certainly do their damage, and leave their mark upon everything. Any resemblance to what it once was is now mostly supplied by memory, nostalgia or imagination. Still, I have always preached my belief that older buildings should be repurposed rather than just being demolished, so I should take solace that it's even still standing.

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