Abandoned Cottage

Yesterday my friend and I went for a walk and decided to go see an abandoned cottage on the river which I live near.  I had been five years before.  It is currently incredibly overgrown and has deteriorated significantly since I was last there.  We didn’t go inside as it doesn’t look safe.  Apart from evident vandalism, the harsh weather in Ontario has caused much of the structural integrity to be compromised.  I would not take the risk to wander inside.  I did snap a picture of it through the window. The lot itself is stunning.  The cottage is built…

Girl, Interrupted

The view of the harbour from our hotel in Belleville This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving.  For the four days off I’ve gone south to New England, specifically north-eastern Massachusetts.  Initially I wanted to visit Salem to learn about the witch trials of 1692.  Today consisted primarily of scenic drives through picturesque upstate New York and New England towns.  Last night we stayed in Belleville Ontario, which I had never been to before.  We arrived after dark and left as the sun was rising, but from what I saw it was very architecturally beautiful and I would really like to go back for a weekend to explore it…

Abandoned House

After visiting the Muskoka Cottage Sanitorium (that post HERE) my friend took me to visit this abandoned house.  It was strange as I actually know the people who once lived there.  I haven’t much to say about it, I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Huronia Regional Centre

Today I had the opportunity to visit the Huronia Regional Centre, formerly the Orillia Asylum for Idiots and the Ontario Hospital School, Orillia.  The building, was originally a hotel and later a centre for those with developmental disabilities, which closed in 2009.  It has now been opened for a few specific dates for sole purpose of tours.  A few of the buildings are currently in use, one which serves as the Orillia courthouse, another used for raid training by the Ontario Provincial Police.  The photo above served as the main administration building and faces Lake Simcoe, as well as the…

Muskoka Cottage Sanitorium

About a year ago, in September 2013 I made a visit to the Muskoka Cottage Sanitorium.  I had learned of it while studying Tuberculosis in a course on plagues and disease while at the University of Toronto.  As I had grown up in Muskoka this a very convenient trip for me to make.  The sanitorium, built in 1897 was the first place of respite in Canada for those suffering from Tuberculosis (which also goes by consumption, phthisis and TB).  It was renamed in 1902 to The Muskoka Free Hospital for Consumptives, the first tuberculosis hospital in the world to offer…