Houses

Roggen House

This was an unexpected and welcome find along the way. It was as though the UE Gods were attempting to make it up to me that they had thrown a record-breaking blizzard at me to thwart my plans. It wasn't what I'd hoped for, but it was something.

The storm cellar was of particular interest, not to mention the fact that this was the first time I had seen honest-to-goodness tumbleweeds in my whole life...

Byers House

Weather had played against me and deprived me of my primary target. I will, no doubt, be coming back to this state. While driving away, and metaphorically licking my wounds, I spotted this place not far from the road and went for a closer look. With the weather preparing to take another swipe at me, I decided to stop and take a look around.

Lowther House

So my driving companion (pictured below, waiting patiently in the truck) and I were on our way back from a fairly substantial drive when I spotted this place on the side of the highway. It's rather unique, as abandoned houses go, in terms of its shape and layout.

Oil Springs House

This was, perhaps, the most interesting of the several houses I explored that day. So many different rooms Strange openings from one into another. All so fascinating.

Like many houses this old, and this size, there were two stairways to the second floor. This was useful since the main stairway was blocked by collapsed ceiling. The back stairs, however, were manageable if you remembered the lessons of earlier that day. Stay light, stay nimble, don't let too much of your weight rest anywhere for too long.

Inwood Road House

The GPS led us through a number of turns until finally we reached a "Road Closed" sign. Then there was the caveat... "Except Local Traffic". We're local!

We continued down the road until finally stopped by a fence kept us from going any further. We stopped at the fence and as luck would have it, only a short walk remained between the fence and our target.

Caderette House

History: 

At one point in its history, this house was occupied by two brothers, Richard and Lionel Sabourin. They were successful milk producers with over 40 head of cattle. They were known to be fairly well off, and had privately mortgaged several other people.

Appin House

I caught a brief glimpse of this place by the side of the road and just had to stop. Its character was just screaming at the world to notice it and come closer. At least that's how I saw it.

The drawback was the two houses across the street. How were the neighbours going to react to my presence?

Monteith Mansion

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

History: 

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