Top 125 Unusual Things to See in Ontario by Ron BrownTop 125 Unusual Things to See in Ontario by Ron Brown

Top 125 Unusual Things to See in Ontario

byRon Brown

Paperback | September 11, 2014

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Ontario just got 125 times more unusual! Features 10 new destinations.

"(The author) has the gift of finding lots of things interesting and of them being able to write beautifully about those things."
-- Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal

In his relentless quest to discover the unusual, Ron Brown has traveled nearly every road in Ontario. Since this book's previous edition, Top 125 Unusual Things to See in Ontario, he has been traveling again. There are now 125 unusual locations to see in Ontario.

Thoroughly researched and written in an inviting style, descriptions offer fascinating stories with background, location and accompanying color photographs. Most places are easy to reach from Ontario's major population centers and bordering American cities and towns.

The 10 new locations are:

    Eastern Ontario
    1. 'Round and 'Round We Go: The Roseneath Carousel
    2. The Symbolic Cenotaph: Alderville First Nation
    3. Buckhorn: Ontario's "Boulder City"

    South-Western Ontario
    4. Lake Erie's Cold War Submarine: HMCS Ojibwa
    5. The Ghost Squirrels of Exeter

    Central Ontario and Toronto Area:
    6. The Kewatin Is Home: Port McNicol
    7. The Hookers of Port Credit (Stone-Hooker's That Is)
    8. Toronto' Most Unusual Cemetery: The Taber Hill Ossuary

    Cottage Country and Northern Ontario
    9. A Touch of Asia: The Thunder Bay Pagoda
    10. Stories on the Rock: The Agawa Pictographs

In Top 125 Unusual Things to See in Ontario, all entries are updated and grouped by location. Detailed maps pinpoint every location.

Ron Brown has written a dozen books on Ontario's ghost towns and roadside attractions (both natural and unnatural). He is a frequent contributor to CBC Radio, and his travel articles have appeared in North American newspapers and magazines. He lives in Toronto.
Title:Top 125 Unusual Things to See in OntarioFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.75 inPublished:September 11, 2014Publisher:Firefly BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770854231

ISBN - 13:9781770854239

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from get out and explore! Top 125 Unusual Things To See In Ontario is a great guide to exploring Ontario, for all ages. We had a lot of fun over the summer, finding new places, from the magical parks to mystical tree spirits (and a great bakery) , to the Badlands. You can group 2-3 pkaces at a time, if you get stsrted early enough, somewhere like the Badlands is a great study of the causes of erosion as well as the geology. It was so fascinating that we went twice. This book makes a great present, especially for newcomers to Ontario, there is so much to explore and enjoy. Take a map or gpsthough, as some of the directions are a bit light.
Date published: 2014-12-09

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Introduction Ontario is full of hidden treasure. Down village streets, in city lanes, and along quiet country roads lie its most unusual sights -- houses that seem to float, a river that disappears, log cabins in the centre of a major city. All await the curious explorer. Monuments to murders, massacres and mysterious spy camps bring to life the lesser-known aspects of Ontario's hidden heritage. This book features my pick of Ontario's top 125 unusual things to see. Most of the listings are easy to find and are open to the public. In this revised and updated edition, the places are grouped into four geographic regions. Maps pinpoint each location within the region. So head out and discover whichever treasure appeals at the moment. Temples, towers and quirks of nature offer insight into an Ontario that few even know exists. And that's what looking for treasure is all about.

Table of Contents


Eastern Ontario
1 Ontario's Goat Pastures: The Alvar Communities
2 Ghosts of the Gold Fields: Ontario's Eldorado
3 The Disappearing River of Peterborough County
4 A History of Paddling: Peterborough's Canadian Canoe Museum
5 Kingston's Little Round Forts
6 It Came from Outer Space: The Holleford Meteor Crater
7 Trenton's Big Boulder
8 Rails under Brockville: Canada's Oldest Railway Tunnel
9 Smiths Falls' High?rise Privy
10 The Ruins of St Raphael
11 Ontario's Smallest Ferry
12 The Lake on the Mountain
13 The Dune That Ate a Town
14 Waterway from the Past: The Rideau Canal
15 The Teaching Rocks: Peterborough's Petroglyphs
16 Boats in the Air: The Kirkfield Lift Lock
17 The Lost Settlement of Newfoundout
18 The Strange Serpent Mound of Rice Lake
19 The Hell Holes of Eastern Ontario
20 Wartime Ghosts: Camp Picton
21 Marmora's Big Hole
22 Pakenham's Stone Arch Bridge: North America's Longest
23 A City for the Birds: Picton's Birdhouse City
24 Canada's Gibraltar: Bon Echo Rock
25 'Round and 'Round We Go: The Roseneath Carousel
26 The Symbolic Cenotaph: Alderville First Nation
27 Buckhorn: Ontario's "Boulder City"

South-Western Ontario
28 London's Blackfriars Bridge
29 Castles of the Cuesta
30 Woodstock's Death Mask
31 Secrets of the Swamp
32 A Touch of Holland: The Bayfield Windmill
33 Carved in Stone: The Apple Park Farm Statues
34 The Hole in the Hill: The Strange Story of the Eugenia Arches
35 Point Pelee: Where Canada Begins
36 The Telltale Grave: The Donnelly Tombstone
37 Ontario's Black Gold: The Petrolia Discovery
38 West Montrose: The Last Covered Bridge
39 Sloman's School Car: The Schoolhouse that Rode the Rails
40 The Southwold Earthworks: A Pre-European-Contact Village Site
41 Ojibway: The Case of the Missing Town
42 Last of a Kind: Blair's Sheave Tower
43 Kitchener's Pioneer Tower: Cultural Cooperation
44 The Cryptic Gravestone: Rushes Cemetery
45 The Sudden Splendour of the Elora Gorge
46 Fossil Hunters' Fantasy: The Rock Glen Gorge
47 The Big Sand Pile: Houghton's Sand Hill
48 A Bit of "Old Mexico": Sparta's Adobe Blacksmith Shop
49 Ontario's Worst Roads: The Forgotten Corduroy Trails
50 The Smallest Union Station
51 3-D-ception: The Trompe l'Oeil Murals of Castle Kilbride
52 Death from the Tap: Walkerton's Memorial of Tragedy
53 The St Thomas Train Station: Ontario's Longest Small Town Station
54 Normandale: Ontario's First Iron-Making Capital
55 Wroxeter: A "Former Ghost Town" Brought Back to Life
56 Ruthven: A Mansion in a Ghost Town
57 Port Dover's Ghost Mausoleum
58 Paris Plains Stone Church
59 The Magical Cyprus Lake Grotto
60 Lake Erie's Cold War Submarine: HMCS Ojibwa
61 The Ghost Squirrels of Exeter

Central Ontario and Toronto Area
62 The Swamp That Feeds the World: The Amazing Holland Marsh
63 Size Matters: The Battle over the Country's Smallest Jail
64 The Comfort Giant: Canada's Biggest Sugar Maple Tree
65 Chiefswood: The Poet's Two-Sided Palace
66 Dwarf Cedars: Ontario's Oldest Trees
67 Ontario's Taj Mahal: The Thomas Foster Memorial
68 Belfountain Park: The Stamp Man's Legacy
69 Guiding Light: Beautiful Point Abino Lighthouse
70 Rockwood's Potholes
71 The Floating Mansions of Lemonville
72 A Utilitarian Beauty: The R C Harris Filtration Plant
73 An Industrial Survivor: Toronto's Gooderham and Worts Distillery District
74 Cottage Country South: The Toronto Island Community
75 Midland's Giant Outdoor Art Gallery
76 The Cheltenham Badlands: Ontario's Painted Desert
77 Fort Mississauga: The Forgotten Fort
78 Temple of Light: The Sharon Temple
79 The Dutch Chapel: The Pillars of the Scarborough Bluffs
80 Toronto Island's Haunted Lighthouse
81 A Horse Palace: The Casa Loma Stables
82 The Yorkville Rock
83 Perfect Purification: The Elevated Wetlands of the Don Valley
84 The Lake with No Waves: The Strange Story of Crawford Lake
85 Markham Heritage Estates: A Suburb of Last Resort
86 James Bond and the Secret of Camp X
87 The Feeling of Being Watched: Toronto's Old City Hall Gargoyles
88 Orangeville's Tree Spirits
89 The Mud Church of Shanty Bay
90 The Guild Inn's Garden of Ruins
91 Tiny Town: Toronto's Smallest Houses
92 The Last of the Water Mills: The Tyrone Mill
93 Camp 30 and the Battle of Bowmanville
94 Barrie's Allandale Train Station: Ontario's Grandest Wooden Station
95 Ansnorvelt: A Touch of Holland in the Holland Marsh
96 Grimsby Park: Ontario's Chautauqua
97 The Mimico Asylum: A New Lease on Life
98 Neptune's Staircase: The Welland Canal's Twin-Flight Locks
99 Father of the Peace Bridge: Fort Erie's Mather Monument
100 The Keewatin Is Home: Port McNicoll
101 The Hookers of Port Credit (Stone-Hookers, That Is)
102 Toronto's Most Unusual Cemetery: The Taber Hill Ossuary

Cottage Country and Northern Ontario
103 Nicholson: A Ghost Town Worth Visiting
104 Dyer's Dedication: Muskoka's Wilderness Memorial
105 The Log Castle on White Otter Lake
106 Grand Canyon North: Ouimet Canyon
107 The Algoma Central: A Train Ride from the Past
108 The White Crests of Killarney
109 Moose Factory's Floating Church
110 Boats on Rails: The Big Chute Marine Railway
111 Those Perplexing Pukaskwa Pits
112 Emo's Unusual Norlund Chapel
113 Monument to Murder: Massacre at Reesor Siding
114 Algonquin Park's Incredible Barron Canyon
115 A Green Sudbury
116 Ontario's Ghost?Town Train
117 Eight Sides to a House: Woodchester Villa
118 A Legacy in Log: The Madill Church
119 Temagami's Tall Pines
120 Depot Harbour: A Georgian Bay Ghost Port
121 The Return of Muskoka's Portage Flyer: The World's Shortest Railway
122 The Little Current Railway Swing Bridge: Cars Only
123 Ontario's Stonehenge
124 A Touch of Asia: The Thunder Bay Pagoda
125 Stories on the Rock: The Agawa Pictographs


Editorial Reviews

Ron Brown continues to impress and entertain with his amazing finds and why you should visit them, and soon.