A Ghost Town

We were still four hours from home but we wanted to stop at Depot Harbour before we pulled into our homes and got back to reality. There apparently is a ghost town located on the island.

Rose Point

Nuthatch

While driving to our destination we stopped just off the road to get a photo of the small harbours. I loved how calm it looked with its overcast skies.

After some driving around at Depot Harbour we finally found what we were looking for – an old ghost town.

Ghost Town

Ghost Town

Some history on the site: Back in 1890 John Booth created the town of Depot Harbour to move his lumber to the area now known as Algonquin Park via a railway that was taken over by CNR in 1918. In 1993 the railway was damaged by a spring ice floe and was never repaired, bringing less and less ships to Depot Harbour. In 1945, the shops stopped arriving and by 1964 the town was abandoned. You can still see remnants of the old buildings (as shown in the photo above). Depot Harbour is the largest Ontario town to become a ghost town.

Permission to view the site must be obtained from the Wasauksing First Nations Band Office.

Church Tour of Lake Simcoe

My friend Nigel had this great idea for a road trip – drive around Lake Simcoe and photograph the unqiue churches that were built there. I figured I had some time so why not. It wasn’t at all like I expected. Architecture photography is a little harder for me as I don’t always know how to treat them photographically. I do like to challenge myself to go outside my comfort zone so I went along for the ride. 

Our first stop was at one of the more unique churches on the trip – Sharon Temple. 

Sharon Temple

Sharon Temple was constructed between 1825 and 1832 by Quaker David WIlson. There are other restored buildings on the property which include David Willson’s Study, a unique little building.

As we drove along the shoreline of the lake we stopped to get some photographs of a boat house and some docks. After I few shots I decided to try some infrared photographs. Below is the infrared version.

Boat shed and docks in infrared

Continuing on we stopped at St. George’s church, it was a more traditional looking church but what really struck me here was the beautiful grounds and the view of the lake.

St. George’s Church

One of our final stops was at St. Andrews church. Its towering structure is located up a short staircase allowing it to loom over you as you pass by.

St. Andrews Church

These were just a selection of the churches we stopped to photograph. I believe the final count was six in total and it took the full day to make our way around the lake. A great road trip if you are a fan of church architecture. My only suggestion is doing this road trip in more comfortable weather as the wind off the lake is bitterly cold in winter.

Icy Blue

I headed up to Penetanguishene and the surrounding area with a couple friends in tow in the hopes of finding some  winter inspiration.  We had fantastic, sunny weather but there was quite the chill in the air. (Yes, I know its the middle of winter, it should be cold.) The Penetanguishene harbour was frozen over and I noticed this large crack leading from the main docks out toward the opposite shore.

Cracked Ice

Cracked Ice

Speaking of the opposite shore we did check that our while we were here to see what the town looked like from over there. It’s not very often I see this view and sometimes I forget how pretty the town is. And look at those awesome clouds.

Penetanguishene

Penetanguishene

One of the other stops we made today was in Hillsdale. There is a beautiful run down mill along the river there. It’s crumbling structure makes me sad that it is neglected but what a photographic find!!

Mill at Hillsdale

Mill at Hillsdale

Isn’t she pretty? Yeah, I know, I’m weird…I like the old, falling apart kind of things. And so ends another fun day with my fellow photographers and playing in the snow.