Ghost towns

I love it when I discover something by accident.  It happened to me recently.  I was doing some research on an old community that I had visited once and discovered that it’s now considered a Ghost Town.

And, what would anything be if there wasn’t an internet page to celebrate it.

There is…


I was on a tear about Provincial Parks and remember camping at Inverhuron as a child.  Looking up Inverhuron, I found that it had made the Ghost Town list here.

It was interesting to read about the community.  In particular, the rollover on the pictures was particularly interesting.  It’s often that current communities have images to celebrate their history but it’s especially nice to see that a “ghost town” would do the same.

Now, me being me, I couldn’t just stop at one.  So, I took a look down the list and found a number of places that I remember and many that I’d actually been through.  It was interesting to see Moncrieff make the list.  Of particular interest was the old school house which I recall as a community centre and taking a girl I was dating there a couple times.

So, what else?

Well, for me, there was:

  • Armstrong Mills
  • Balaclava (I didn’t know there were two of them)
  • Chesterfield
  • Dawn Mills
  • Epping
  • Eugenia
  • Lieury
  • Proton Station
  • Rock Mills
  • Sauble Falls
  • Shipley

Those I know I’ve visited for sure.  There were some names that did seem familiar.

From this website, though, these are just the ghost towns from the South West.  The rest of the province is in there too!

How many places can you remember?


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3 thoughts on “Ghost towns”

  1. Not one, but THREE Ontario ghost towns named Balaclava?

    I’ve been to the Balaclava in Grey County. To be more accurate, I’ve driven through it, as to the outsider, it appeared visibly as little more than a crossroads with an old gas station when I was a kid. However, friends from school spoke with pride of being from Balaclava, and were always regaling us with tales of their hockey team, the Balaclava Burners.

    Who knew that there was another Balaclava in Grey County’s neighbour to the west, Bruce County? To my knowledge, I have never driven through that one, although with ghost towns, it may be that you never know.

    Reading through the details it turns out there is a third Ontario ghost town named Balaclava, located in Renfrew County! I’m fairly certain I have not been to that one, although again, crossroads being what they are, it’s entirely possible.

    I’ve not checked for other names in all of the different regions of Ontario, but I’m sure I will have driven through some other ghost towns unknowingly. Thing I like about this site is that it brings to light the reality that there’s a lot of forgotten history that comes with the emergence of a ghost town. Somebody with a lot of time on their hands could spend a lot of time visiting ghost towns. It could be a really valuable overlay on Google Maps, such that when you were out for a drive, you could be alerted to the fact that you were approaching one. I would think at some point in the not-too-distant future your on-board car navigation system could have a function you could toggle on that could read you the history of any ghost towns you happened to be driving through. I haven’t checked, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was an app for that already!

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  2. I checked the Northwest list. Not too many listed, so I read through them all. I have only been in the area of one of them in more recent times — the area of Pigeon River (our area’s border crossing to the US). Cool to read about!

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  3. Not really a ghost town but it’s fun to take the ferry over to Boblo Island and explore the remains of the abandoned amusement park.

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