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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Parry Sound > Depot Harbour
Depot Harbour
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created by CopySix on 9/5/2006 9:53 PM
last modified by PhotoSeeker on 2/21/2009 9:45 PM
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Depot Harbour has the distinction of being one of the largest towns in Ontario to become a ghost town. Unfortunately, little is left of the houses, offices, stores, schools, and churches that once existed. The ruins of the massive railway roundhouse, closed by CNR in 1933, still provides some interesting photography.
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Type: Building
Status: Abandoned - Ruins
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
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Parry Island
Parry Sound, Ontario
Owner: Wasauksing Ojibway First Nation
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     Interesting Features
    There is not very much to look at in terms of the large village that once existing on site. However, interesting ruins of the massive rail-car round-house and docks do make for some decent pictures of nature taking over.
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     Historical Dates
    Built: 1897
    Closed: 1955
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    Built on Parry Island on Georgian Bay by lumber King J.R. Booth of Ottawa, this port served as the western terminus of the Ottawa, Arnprior & Parry Sound Railway.Mr. Booth may have used unconventional methods to 'buy' the island from aboriginal inhabitants at the time (In 1895, he took advantage of an expropriation clause in legislation governing rail transport). Ships from Chicago and Deluth were common.

    There were, at its peak in 1926, approximately 147 students attending the two-storey Depot Harbour School with a population of 1,600 permanent residents.

    The elevators / silos had boasted quite a large capacity of 1,500,000 bushels, and in fact, in 1905, witnessed more traffic than other other Canadian Great Lake port. (32,777 tons Flour / 3,710,087 bushels Corn / 108,000 bushels Wheat / 1,893,800 bushels Oats / 46,000 bushels Barley (mmm. . . barley).

    During World War II, lake freighter traffic lessened and most workers either enlisted or sought employment in industry. The grain elevators during this time, stored cordite, grain, and wool burnt down in 1945 in a spectacular fire, The docks were purchased by the Century Coal Company in 1946 which provided some employment relief, but by 1950, only a dozen families remained. Century Coal moved out in 1950 and the school, with a staff of two finally closed in 1954.

    The Ojibway reclaimed the expropriated lands in 1987.
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    Depot Harbour Visit
    Tue, Sep 5th, 2006
    posted by CopySix
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  • on Feb 22 09 at 4:35, Opheliaism validated this location
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  • on Sep 5 06 at 23:13, CopySix made this location available
  • on Sep 5 06 at 23:13, CopySix updated gallery picture DepotHarbour (2)
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