Ontario https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/region_Canada_Ontario en MS Norgoma https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_MS_Norgoma <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">MS Norgoma</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 12/03/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-see-also field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">See Also</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/gallery_SS_Norisle" hreflang="en">SS Norisle</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">Construction of SS Norgoma was completed at the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collingwood_Shipbuilding" target="_blank">Collingwood Shipyards</a> in 1950.  She would join a fleet of ships that provided packet and passenger service around what was known at the time as the Turkey Trail.  This trail started at <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owen_Sound" target="_blank">Owen Sound</a> and wound its way through communities like <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killarney,_Ontario" target="_blank">Killarney</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assiginack" target="_blank">Manitowaning</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Current" target="_blank">Little Current</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billings,_Ontario" target="_blank">Kagawong</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gore_Bay,_Ontario" target="_blank">Gore Bay</a>, Meldrum Bay, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Joseph,_Ontario" target="_blank">RIchard's Landing</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thessalon" target="_blank">Thessalon</a>, and finally arriving at <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sault_Ste._Marie,_Ontario" target="_blank">Sault Ste. Marie</a> in a 5-day voyage.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">She is 175 feet, 6 inches long, has a 36 foot beam, with a 15 foot depth.  She weighed in (at the time of constuction) at 1,434.77 gross tons. and was powered by a triple-expansion steam engine.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt=" Date and location unknown, though clearly before her 1964 refit." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b7551981-e83e-4d8e-9e64-97e7ebca15f2" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/TBRC002905494d3.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">With improvements to the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-Canada_Highway" target="_blank">Trans-Canada Highway</a> system on Highways 69 and 17, and the construction of a road in to Killarney, demand for shipping along the Turkey Trail dropped off significantly.  On the other hand, demand for ferry service between <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobermory,_Ontario" target="_blank">Tobermory</a> and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tehkummah" target="_blank">South Baymouth</a> on <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manitoulin_Island" target="_blank">Manitoulin Island</a> was increasing.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">As a result, in 1963, the Collingwood Shipyards refitted Norgoma to carry up to 37 cars.  To handle this additional weight, she also had her steam engine replaced by an 800-hp diesel engine.  She left Collingwood in the Spring of 1964 as MS Norgoma to serve alongside her sister, SS Norisle.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Inside the engine room." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="47701ba4-aee7-44c1-a9af-a75b378605b8" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0523.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Finally, in the fall of 1974, both ships made their last runs before being replaced by the much larger <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_Chi-Cheemaun" target="_blank">MV Chi-Cheemaun</a>.  Norgoma was towed to Sault Ste Marie and opened as a museum to Great Lakes shipping.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I arrived on a sunny morning, meeting one of the volunteers who selflessly donates his time to the St. Mary's River Marine Historical Society.  As I began to wander the ship, snapping photos and poking around, I couldn't help but notice the similarities between Norgoma and Norisle, her sister in Manitowaning.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="View of the bridge." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7fbe6f68-360a-450d-bd29-a7f8cab393c3" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0475.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">I was hoping that Norgoma would help me to better imagine what Norisle had looked like before she was gutted for a new role she would never obtain.  While there were many things the same, Norgoma flaunted her own unique design and style.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I was also struck, in retrospect, by the fact that she was equipped, both as a museum, and in most photos I've seen, with four life-boats.  You'll note from my own photos that those lifeboats had a capacity of 19 people each for a total of 76.  She was originally built with sleeping accomodations for 100...  I assume there were rafts stored elsewhere.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Current photo as a museum ship." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="bfe0339f-64da-4c4f-9cc6-a534581e50c9" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0366.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">I was dismayed to hear about her current situation, given the apparent fate currently awaiting Norisle.  At the time of this writing, Norgoma is looking for a new home, having been evicted by Sault Ste. Marie City Council. </p> <p class="text-align-justify">My special thanks for their invitation and hospitality go to the hard-working people at St. Mary’s River Marine Heritage Centre who are trying so hard to save this piece of Northern Ontario history.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-external-links field--type-link field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">External Links</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="http://norgoma.org/">Norgoma Museum Web Site</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-videos-embed field--type-video-embed-field field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Videos</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/v1a7VmvX1yw?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5u8Zq-5G_44?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37126&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="g8s57mZiQJWMSowmHT27qTI20nSramOUT-fgR-GDjsE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 03 Dec 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 37126 at https://mikeonline.ca The Shoals Provincial Park https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Shoals_Provincial <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Shoals Provincial Park</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/26/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-see-also field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">See Also</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/gallery_Greenwater_Provincial" hreflang="en">Greenwater Provincial Park</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">There was a skiff of snow on the ground as we rolled along Highway 101 and pulled up to the closed gates.  As we began walking along the road into the park, I thought back to my earlier visit to Greenwater Provincial Park and wondered if it would be as well preserved.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In little time we were greeted by a ruffled grouse, another similiarity to the aforementioned park.  I was suprised, however, to flush about 5 more before we left.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It was a beautiful place, and the sites were impressive, but the lack of electrical sites, I'm sure, played a role in its closure.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The 10,644 ha park was established in 1970 with 44 unserviced sites, but the Government of Ontario closed the park in 2012, along with several others, citing poor attendance.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37130&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="11Ad7dEd41b4OV7_5p9mH15mXJSxVQCmzp5-imRUGA0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 26 Nov 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 37130 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Shoals_Provincial#comments Greenwater Provincial Park https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Greenwater_Provincial <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Greenwater Provincial Park</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/19/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-see-also field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">See Also</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/gallery_Shoals_Provincial" hreflang="en">The Shoals Provincial Park</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">As one who frequents Provincial Parks for camping, when I heard that there were a few that had been closed, permanently, I knew I would have to take the opportunity to have a look at how nature reclaims these spaces.  I spend a lot of time in Gogama, and that seemed the perfect jumping-off point for a trip to the former Greenwater Provincial Park.  As it turns out, once wouldn't be enough.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I was surprised by how well everything appeared to be weathering the time and neglect.  The grouse had been taking advantage of the relative safety and seemed to be quite abundant.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The 8,500 ha park was established in 1957, and had been expanded as lately as 2007.  The Government of Ontario announced closure of this, and other parks, in 2012, citing poor attendance numbers.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37118&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="MjXgm0XROp1v-cdUjBrMJ7E_GCWvo430hZwnt_2wBU4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 37118 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Greenwater_Provincial#comments Northern Raceway https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Northern_Raceway <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Northern Raceway</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 09/25/2017 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">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.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">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.</p> <p><img alt="View of the track in July, 1977." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="590e651c-4e9f-4698-b2e5-13da36086456" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/15.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The track opened in 1965 as the Fifth Line Speedway as a dirt track, but was paved very soon afterward.  It didn't remain open long, closing only two years later as it was unable to compete with another nearby track.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It reopened in 1971 when the competing track closed, and ran successfully until 1987.  It featured a 1/4 mile oval, a 1/4 mile drag-strip, and a figure-8 built into the oval.  Grandstands were on the west side of the tracks, and the pit area was on the east.</p> <p><img alt="Cars on the track." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a53db08f-c216-4dc9-b063-c2c2e80f31fc" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/21.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The starter's stand is still present, although it has apparently moved from its original location between the oval and the drag strip, to a place close to the grandstand.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The grandstand, is still present, but almost all of the wooden bench seating is gone, and the frame is almost completely overgrown.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The tracks are in surprisingly good condition for their decades of neglect and the oval looks as though it could host an event with very little work.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="88fSEGYhpHbI62PFzgonms8y7mgrOTXFr3pyHOalY1k"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 3 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Northern_Raceway#comments Pruce's Motor Inn https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Pruces <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Pruce&#039;s Motor Inn</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/07/2017 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">I cannot count the number of years, let alone the number of individual times, that I've passed this location and thought to myself, "I really should stop there at some point and have a look around".  Finally, I took the opportunity to do so on the long weekend of September.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The first thing one notices is the collapsed section, followed closely by the burned section.  From there the eye wanders to the graffiti and the rest of the typical damage one sees at a place neglected for so long.  Something in particular that caught my attention, however, was one of the names spray-painted several times on the walls.  Venise.</p> <p><img alt="View of main entrance." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cdac1648-48d4-4005-acd3-fa2654b29a8e" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_9154.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">At first, I wondered why that name, among many others, had stopped my eye, but then I remembered...  I had seen this same name on the Lakewood Motel outside of Wawa (link is in the <strong>See Also</strong> section above).  Apparently Venise likes motels.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I wandered the scant remains of the building, attempting to get a sense of what it looked like in its day.  The destruction was pretty thorough, however, and it challenged the imagination to get any image.</p> <p><img alt="Watch pigeons." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f1fbd780-8635-4f6a-8eec-36f9c39ff9de" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_9197.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">When I ascended the stairs, I realized that I wasn't alone.  There were eyes watching me.  Several sets, and they were nearby.  I could feel them on me.  And they were nervous.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The front room contained watch-pigeons...  and I knew I'd have to tread carefully if I was to avoid harm from these viciously protective beasts.  Saying soothing words in soft tones, I took my pictures and retreated, mindful of the bloodshed I'd narrowly avoided.</p> <p><img alt="Main staircase." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8dcc2ba5-12ff-4430-b359-943642b0a976" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_9183.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">As I went back to my truck, I mentally crossed this one off the list of "one-day" places I would get around to.  While there's not much left, I don't regret having stopped and taken in just a little local history.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=6&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="-e8PEPWBJ1-dg0MxTp6BCQ2deL1uGrlPj7CrH0mqHGU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 07 Sep 2017 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 6 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Pruces#comments Jackfish Ghost Town https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Jackfish <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Jackfish Ghost Town</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/28/2017 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">As is often the case with these things, I wasn't completely sure as to the exact location of this town when I arrived.  In fact, I wasn't completely sure there was even anything left to see.  However, we were on vacation, we were in the area, give or take a few hundred kilometres, why not go take a look.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">When we were close to the spot, I decided to park the truck and consider two possible directions we could begin hiking.  One seemed most likely, so I chose to eliminate the other first.  As it turns out, both were right.</p> <p><img alt="Max inspecting the trail." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="5e5bb72d-b0bc-40b0-9a6e-fb4b915b0db8" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_8888.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Nearing the tracks, we saw a well-beaten path on the far side, so often a clue when exploring.  We crossed over and followed it, only to emerge on a beautiful section of beach and a tent...  Someone was camping here, although not currently at home.  Clearly this wasn't where we wanted to be, so after giving the dog a chance to swim a bit on a warm day, we backtracked up the path to the railway.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">People had arrived in a car, and a second vehicle was approaching.  When I spoke to the first, I found out that this was the person camping on the beach, and that the place I was looking for was a little ways down the rail line.  By this time, the second group of two people arrived.  The man indicated that he had spent time here in his youth and was here to see what was left.  We were advised that there were a few narrow rock cuts along the track, and that there were frequent trains.  We would need to be careful.</p> <p><img alt="Old car in the woods." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="64d048e4-c250-45b2-a84e-7bf2c33c1458" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_8916.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Jackfish existed before the <a href="http://www.cpr.ca/en" target="_blank">CPR</a> came along, mostly as a small fishing community.  It was the railway, however, that caused it rapid and immense growth.  Between 1883 and 1885, the railway, and a siding, were constructed here allowing the passing of trains in opposite directions.  After almost a decade, a port was established for the unloading of coal, building Jackfish up into a recoaling and watering station for the CPR's steam engines, here and in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schreiber,_Ontario" target="_blank">Shreiber</a> and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_River,_Ontario" target="_blank">White River</a>.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">We began our westward hike along the track and came quickly upon a large collapsed concrete structure on the south side.  It appears to have been a coal tipple that fell over.  Given its size and weight, I could just imagine the sound it must have made.</p> <p><img alt="Remains of an old house." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a1e96245-9818-43e8-a1c4-1a37aca8422f" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_8924.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">A little further along, on the north side of the track, we encountered the remains of a water tower.  Not yet knowing the history of this place, I came to the conclusion that coal and water were the most likely reason for this town's existence.  As we continued along, we began to notice other details.  A ramp to raise a car for repairs.  An old car.  Open foundations with old furnaces cold and covered in moss.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In the 1930's, things continued just as busy as a local lumber company began using the port to ship wood to US pulp mills.  In the 40's, the war made its impact known as those of Japanese decent were placed in internment camps including one here at Jackfish.  The men were used to build the nearby Trans-Canada Highway.</p> <p><img alt="Steps up to a foundation in the woods." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="46efc5ab-36aa-4ad6-a768-a88e34336e64" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_8947.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">With the rise of the diesel engine, coal began to give way, and so did Jackfish's importance to the CPR.  Things began to wind down, and people began to close up and move away as fortunes here began to diminish.  In 1960, the town's hotel burned down, and by three years later, only two families remained living here.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">We watched a few of the new trains go past along the tracks as we explored.  No one seemed surprised we were there.  A couple of camps were still occupied, probably on a seasonal basis, and the signs of the town's former glory and becoming ever more difficult to find.  Still painted in relatively small white letters on the rock face, however, was "Jackfish Ontario". </p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=8&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="y06zzPyLr_ZZKapL-Bs_GL7apmqwU5Rs0pED5YVHxJs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 28 Aug 2017 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 8 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Jackfish#comments CFS Armstrong https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_CFS_Armstrong <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">CFS Armstrong</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Completed in 1954 by the US Air Force, this radar station was part of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinetree_Line" target="_blank">Pinetree Line</a>, a group of radar sites across Canada used as part of the defense against the Soviet Union during the Cold War. It was manned by the 914th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">At this time, there were no roads linking Armstrong to the outside world. As a result, all food rations and supplies were brought in by way of the CNR Rail line.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">At the end of October, 1962, along with the climax of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuban_missile_crisis">Cuban Missile Crisis</a>, the station was handed over for operation by Royal Canadian Air Force.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In April, 1963, Armstrong would be declared operational on the <a href="https://mikeonline.ca/dictionary_SAGE" target="_blank">SAGE</a> (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment) network. This system would help automate control of North American air space, and the guidance of intercepts of unknown targets.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The base ended operations in April, 1974 as it was declared redundant. It officially closed in October, 1975. This left the town of Armstrong in a difficult position, since the base provided much of the town's electricity, all road maintenance, snow clearing, fire and ambulance service.</p> <hr /><p><strong>July 15, 2004:</strong> </p> <p class="text-align-justify">While camping at the <a href="http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/slee.html">Sleeping Giant Provincial Park</a>, I noticed a road leading north with a sign that said, "Armstrong".</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Growing up, I'd heard many tales of a fabled Armstrong from my father. I thought it might be interesting to go and see what it looked like for myself.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It was a long, uninteresting road, with vast straight stretches. The only interruption of the trees were areas that had already been cut. This was truly heading toward desolation. As the miles of emptiness added up, so too did the speed.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Cresting a hill, we noted a lone person standing in the middle of the road. What kind of idiot just stands in the middle of a remote road like that? An OPP Officer with a speed gun, that's who.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Afterwards, we arrived in Armstrong, and wandered about, taking in the local culture, the ambiance, sights and smells. Still, however, we had not managed to stumble upon the location of the former radar site.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">We stopped for lunch at a small "greasy spoon", and later, while paying the bill, I asked the girl at the cash.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">"Would you know where the old radar site was?"</p> <p class="text-align-justify">"It's closed.", she replies, apparently believing she's being helpful.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">"Yes, I know, but do you know where it is?"</p> <p class="text-align-justify">"Well, yes, but you're not supposed to go there, it's closed."</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I begin to wonder if the military has brainwashed her as part of some terrible conspiracy, or has she merely been the result of PCB contamination in the ground water? "I understand that it's closed, but could you please tell me where it is?"</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Finally, a light does come on, and she offers vague directions toward the site that prove to be sufficient.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>August 10, 2017:</strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Thirteen years later and another camping trip brings me back into the area.  I decided that another visit was now in order to see what become of the place.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Because I was very new to the entire concept of exploring abandoned places when I first came here, there were many things I missed the first time.  It's unfortunate, really, because I wonder if some of the things I found on this trip might have been in even better shape the last time.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">While looking about, I had the opportunity to meet three gentlemen who were there for an entirely different reason than I.  One was a federal geologist, the second a provincial geologist, and the third a PhD student of Geology.  They were there to collect rock samples from the hill on which the operations site had been constructed.  Apparently this rock formation was the result of seismic activity rather than glaciers like most formations in the Canadian Shield.  After an interesting conversation with them, we each went our own way to resume our specific goals.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=12&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="X45eAIDZIQXcvQw561j0TUTNrlsbUnNfvBuh2VGKi0Y"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 12 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_CFS_Armstrong#comments Kingston Penitentiary https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Kingston_Penitentiary <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Kingston Penitentiary</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 05/29/2017 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>May 20, 2017</strong><strong>:</strong></p> <p><img alt="Kingston Penn ca. 1901" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="1d71eeae-f100-40c8-9fff-8ae96668b85c" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Kingston_Penitentiary_%28c._1901%29_0.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">We arrived on a bright and sunny May morning, parked and proceeded to the front entrance to begin our tour.  My attention was initially distracted by the person positioned there to check me in and give me instructions before I noticed the sheer magnitude and domination of this entrance.  Of course, that was its design...  Instant intimidation of anyone entering through the massive doors.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Once checked in, we made our way along a few corridors to a holding room where waivers were signed, groups assigned and color-coded wrist-bands affixed.  Anticipation built as we looked at the paintings of clowns and other cartoon figures on the walls, a stark contrast to what was otherwise experienced by an actual inmate.</p> <p><img alt="Clown painted on the wall of the visitor's centre." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8ab8fd86-13f8-40b2-ab06-191a6c33110b" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_8586.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Kingston Penitentiary was constructed in 1833 / 34, and opened June 1, 1835, as the Provincial Penitentiary of the Province of Upper Canada.  Cells measured 26 inches wide, 8 feet deep and were just 6 feet, 7 inches high.  The entire complex was originally surrounded by a 12 foot high wooden fence, but by 1845, towers, stock walls, and the North Gatehouse were constructed.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In that same year, Antoine Beauche was convicted of being part of a pick-pocketing ring, and sentenced to three years at the Penitentiary.  During that time, on 49 separate occasions, he was whipped for infractions such as staring, laughing, whistling, giggling or idling.  He was 8 years old...</p> <p><img alt="Photo of original central building." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="26db67ac-0466-4951-900b-83b3688020ad" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/a046242-v8_0.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Henry Smith, the first Warden, didn't begin work there until 1848.  He was eventually dismissed, however, because of violent punishments including flogging, darkened cells and locking inmates in upright coffins.  By 1849, there were already calls for the Penitentiary to be closed, including from <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Brown_(Canadian_politician)" target="_blank">George Brown</a>, an MP.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">From 1859 to 1861, a domed hub structure was built to connect the cell blocks together.</p> <p><img alt="Charles Dickens." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3b284fb7-dafe-4e3f-a06d-dc1a62dce6ea" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Dickens_Gurney_head%5B1%5D.jpg" /></p> <p>In 1842, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Dickens" target="_blank">Charles Dickens</a> visited the prison, as he had other prisons including <a href="https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_ESP" target="_blank">Eastern State Penitentiary</a>, which he deplored.  In contrast, Dickens said,</p> <blockquote> <p>There is an admirable gaol here, well and wisely governed, and excellently regulated, in every respect.  The men were employed as shoemakers, ropemakers, blacksmiths, tailors, capenters and stonecutters; and in building a new prison, which was pretty far advanced towards completion.  The female prisoners were occupied in needlework.</p> </blockquote> <p><img alt="Current view of a cell on display." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="98bd860f-bad5-439d-bfec-26b86a0d95ba" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_8634_1%5B1%5D.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">From 1890, all the way through until 1914, the Penitentiary was overhauled.  Cell size was doubled and they included water, electric light and small tables.  In addition, a new block was built to house the female prisoners.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">On September 10, 1923, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Ryan" target="_blank">Norman "Red" Ryan</a> and other inmates escaped.  A fire was started in a shed as distraction and smoke-screen while they erected a ladder against the perimeter wall and escaped stealing a nearby car.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The following month, on October 17, Kingston experienced their first major prison riot lasting 6 days.  Guards were taken hostage, and the prison tailor shop was barricaded.  Tear gas was used to regain control of the prison.</p> <p><img alt="Cleaning up after the 1954 riot." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="711dcc4f-dc6b-49f5-afb1-3f948003f6c5" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/1954_riot.jpg.size_.custom.crop_.825x650_0%5B1%5D.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The next major riot took place on August 14, 1954.  It lasted only two hours, involving over 900 prisoners.  It began during a morning baseball game when a guard was attacked.  Fires were set in various buildings, shops and a warehouse.  After an estimated $2 million of damage had been done, the Canadian Army and a unit of the RCMP were called in to support the retaking of the prison.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The third and final major riot took place on April 14, 1971 and lasted for four days.  Two inmates deemed "undesirable" died during the riot, and six guards were held hostage, but later released without harm.  After negotiations, the riot ended after the prisoners grieved the lack of recreational time, lack of work and concerns about the conditions at <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millhaven_Institution" target="_blank">Millhaven</a> prison which had originally been built to replace KP.</p> <p><img alt="Officials touring the damage after the riot." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4c0229d1-415e-46ca-a131-24e5a00e8446" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/kingston_8.jpg.size_.custom.crop_.1086x724_0%5B1%5D.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">An inquiry held after the riot noted aged facilities, overcrowding, shortage of professional staff, confinement of prisoners not actually requiring maximum security and too much time in cells as causing factors.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Additional riots took place in 1975 which led to the creation of the Sub-Committee on the Penitentiary System in Canada.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">An RCMP investigation into the conduct of specific guards was conducted that resulted in the firing of 8 staff members.  Two guards implicated in the investigation took their own lives before the results went public.</p> <p><img alt="A current view of a guard tower seen through a chain-link fence." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2371d256-f04e-4278-9485-85daf48bdb78" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_8769%5B1%5D.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">In 1999, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ty_Conn" target="_blank">Ty Conn</a> became the first person to successfully escape since 1958.  He died, whether by accident, or by his own hand, while talking to CBC producer Theresa Burke on the phone, and surrounded by police in Toronto.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">On April 19, 2012, Kingston Penitentiary's closure was announced, and the facility was closed officially on September 30 the following year.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>May 30, 2017:</strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">According to the Kingston Whig-Standard (article attached below) the vision for the site of Kingston Penitentiary, and the adjoined waterfront, will be revealed.  It may include such things as Canada's first sailing centre of excellence, a wind research facility, prison museum, condominiums, and possibly a hotel with shops and public space.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>June 10, 2017:</strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">After our initial tour in May, I had sent an email to the St. Lawrence Parks Commission.  In it, I itemized things I felt was good about the tour, but also some things where I felt it fell short.  Soon afterward, I was informed by the Commission that changes had been made to the format of the premium tours, and they invited me to return, as their guest, to review the improvements.  I gratefully accepted.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">They had, indeed, made the improvements required to make the experience truly enjoyable, including smaller groups, more time, etc.  I offer my special thanks the manager for his responsiveness to the comments of visitors and obvious dedication.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-videos field--type-text-long field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Videos</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><p><strong>CBC Fifth Estate:  Kingston Pen Secrets and Lies</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong><a href="https://youtu.be/f5oEe8r2fYs" target="_blank"><img alt="Fifth Estate" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="670ecb3e-a39f-4e55-8868-78fed5002933" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/video_Kingston_Secrets_Lies.JPG" /></a></strong></p> <hr /><p><strong>Doc Zone: Tales from Kingston Pen</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://youtu.be/3YbFOOD5Nlk" target="_blank"><img alt="The Doc Zone" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="66f86fdf-64eb-4e60-8602-e6735a8644cf" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/video_Doc_Zone_Tales_from_Kingston.JPG" /></a></p> <hr /><p><strong>CBC Archives:  Fires and Rioting Damage Kingston Pen 1954</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2312813716/" target="_blank"><img alt="Kingston Riot" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0ce15f01-3191-4c33-88dd-c93c18b67ac7" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/video_kingston_riot_1954.JPG" /></a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep03 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=13&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="KI2V2LcXpDuWgxqoic4wiRBuo5z3uOQKxP28SqoSgC0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 29 May 2017 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 13 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Kingston_Penitentiary#comments Little Current Swing Bridge https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/LC_Swing_Bridge <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Little Current Swing Bridge</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 09/12/2016 - 11:00</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">As I drove to the Manitoulin Island community of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northeastern_Manitoulin_and_the_Islands">Little Current, Ontario</a>, luck was something that was foremost on my mind.  First, I knew I was lucky to get this opportunity.  Second, I would be extremely lucky if the forecast rain and potential thunderstorms held off until after I was finished.  Finally, my luck would hit the trifecta if a boat would present itself at just the right time.  If the last two elements came together as the first had, I would be a very happy person.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The swing bridge is the only fixed link between Manitoulin Island and the mainland.  During the summer months, you can take the ferry, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_Chi-Cheemaun">Chi-Cheemaun</a> from <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tehkummah">South Baymouth</a> to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobermory,_Ontario">Tobermory</a>.  During the winter months, however, this bridge is critical.</p> <p><img alt="Old view of the bridge nearing completion." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6731ff19-c38c-4bbb-a292-3e1c792414b7" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/rcaldwellhowland4.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algoma_Eastern_Railway">Algoma Eastern Railway</a> began construction of what was originally a rail-only bridge in September, 1912.  By October the following year, trains were beginning to cross it regularly.  In March, 1930, a lease agreement transferred control of the bridge to the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Pacific_Railway">Canadian Pacific Railway</a>.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Beginning on November 28, 1946, the CPR made an agreement with the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ministry_of_Transportation_of_Ontario">Ministry of Transportation</a> to allow vehicle traffic over the bridge, thereby ending the need for the small ferry that was being used to this point.  Before this time, the bridge had been kept open, closing only when required for trains to cross.  With the new agreement, however, the bridge would now be kept mostly closed, with a CPR employee on hand to open it when required by passing boats or ships.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In the 1980's, rail service to the island ended and ownership of the bridge went to the MTO.  The rails were eventually lifted.  In 2003, the MTO replaced the 25 HP Fairbanks-Morse gas-powered engine with electric motors and later resurfaced the bridge.  Maintenance continues as necessary, and there is no end in sight for this iconic structure.</p> <p><img alt="View of the underside of the bridge." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="edff0511-2198-419c-a05d-22d4c6a3b9d0" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_7826.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The operator met me on the south end of the bridge and immediately guided me through every possible area.  He explained the operation of each part, patiently answering my questions, and even more patiently allowing me all the time I needed to take my pictures.  We climbed to the control room that straddles the mid-section of the bridge, suspended over the roadway.  He explained the function of the controls, and walked me through the process of stopping vehicle traffic, and opening the bridge for passing marine traffic.  As the clock's hands swept ever closer to the top of the hour, the time when the bridge would open, if required, there were no boats to be seen.  He explained that, after Labour Day, there wasn't nearly the number of openings as during the rest of summer.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I resigned myself to not seeing the whole thing in action.  We descended the stairs and stood on the platform at road-level talking about recent work done to maintain the bridge as vehicles passed us by.  We shook hands and I prepared to part as we both spotted a boat approaching.  Was it high enough to require opening the bridge?  Was actually going to get this lucky?  Sure enough, it stopped and waited patiently for the top of the hour.</p> <p><img alt="View of the bridge from the control room." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="dc0a8d8a-8ab5-476b-b5a1-df9b188c355d" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_7900.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">We climbed again to the control room and he explained each step as he did it.  It was fascinating to watch on the video display as each part of the bridge's machinery worked to rotate this mass of steel out of the way for the boat it dwarfed below.  My phone in the window recorded the process in a video recording while I fluttered from window to window, and out onto the landing to photograph various viewpoints, trying in vain to catch everything.  The boat passed with a wave from her captain, and all too soon, the bridge was closing, ending with a gentle thump at the end.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Again, I thanked my host, and made way back to my car, a broad smile on my face as luck had, indeed, been on my side.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-videos-embed field--type-video-embed-field field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Videos</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nI4pj1F8lkQ?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=32&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="NPPg6_t0NlTb6cpvA1w2gllyEAAh3vAAIo6ljWd6rlg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 15:00:00 +0000 Mike 32 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/LC_Swing_Bridge#comments Lakewood Motel https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Lakewood_Motel <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Lakewood Motel</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/16/2016 - 11:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">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.</p> <p><img alt="Empty sign by the highway." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d7197ab0-b860-4da0-b639-ad9d45981672" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_7701.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">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.</p> <p><img alt="Looking down the line of units." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4215bc2c-9d97-4207-b95a-9ca8d02fc4e6" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_7705.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">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.</p> <p><img alt="2010 calendar." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="dd589ef4-0c3e-4fa3-ab15-2c12355fa327" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_7738.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">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.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Update August 14, 2017:</strong>  The motel was completely destroyed by fire.  See attached news article for details.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-file-attachments field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">File Attachments</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="https://mikeonline.ca/sites/default/files/2017-11/20170814_Wawa-news.com_Lakewood_Motel_Burns_Down.pdf" 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