Top 100 Unusual Things to See in Ontario

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Uncovering the unexpected in Ontario -- from floating mansions to the province's very own Taj Mahal.

In his relentless quest to discover the unusual, Ron Brown has traveled nearly every road in Ontario. This book features 100 of the very best trips from his three best-selling "50 Unusual" collections: 50 Unusual Things to See in Ontario, 50 Even More Unusual Things to See in Ontario, and Ontario's Secret Landscapes: 50 More Visits to Unusual ...

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Overview

Uncovering the unexpected in Ontario -- from floating mansions to the province's very own Taj Mahal.

In his relentless quest to discover the unusual, Ron Brown has traveled nearly every road in Ontario. This book features 100 of the very best trips from his three best-selling "50 Unusual" collections: 50 Unusual Things to See in Ontario, 50 Even More Unusual Things to See in Ontario, and Ontario's Secret Landscapes: 50 More Visits to Unusual Ontario.

What's an unusual thing? "Anything that is unexpected. Something that shouldn't belong where you found it." Most locations are easy to reach from Ontario's major population centers, and a few are for more adventurous explorers. Locations include:

  • North America's longest wooden bridge
  • Ontario's Stonehenge
  • The dune that ate the town
  • Ghosts of the gold fields
  • Boats in the air
  • Holleford meteor crater
  • Strange serpent mounds of Rice Lake
  • The swamp that feeds the world
  • Hell holes of Eastern Ontario
  • Ontario's Taj Mahal
  • Birdhouse City
  • The floating mansions of Lemonville
  • Magical Cyprus Lake grotto
  • The country's smallest jail
  • The eight-sided Main Street
  • The mud church of Shanty Bay
  • The telltale grave
  • The world's shortest railway.

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Editorial Reviews

Muskoka Today
Brown's books are always interesting and bring to mind adventures.
— Lois Cooper
The Toronto Sun
Few people know more about Ontario's oddities than Toronto-based author Ron Brown... [and] they're almost all here
— Diane Slawych
Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal
[Brown's] efforts to celebrate Ontario's past and present wonders will attract a new generation of readers and travellers.
— Linda Turk
Northern Life
Most locations are easy to reach from Ontario's major population centres, and a few are for more adventurous explorers.
Shelf Life
A great gift for the traveller who wants to see impressive sights close to home.
— Joan Sutter
Toronto Sun
Few people know more about Ontario's oddities than Toronto-based author Ron Brown.... They're all here in this new revised edition.
— Diane Slawych
The Ottawa Citizen
[For] travellers who want to stay close to home but still enjoy an adventure.
— Canwest wire story
Chronicle-Journal (Thunder Bay)
[Brown] has the gift of finding lots of things interesting and of them being able to write beautifully about those things.
— Linda Turk
Muskoka Today - Lois Cooper
Brown's books are always interesting and bring to mind adventures.
The Toronto Sun - Diane Slawych
Few people know more about Ontario's oddities than Toronto-based author Ron Brown.... They're all here in this new revised edition.
Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal - Linda Turk
[Brown] has the gift of finding lots of things interesting and of them being able to write beautifully about those things.
Shelf Life - Joan Sutter
With 100 places to see, along with facts, figures, and photos, this would definitely offer a great gift for the traveller who wants to see impressive sights close to home.
The Sun Times (Owen Sound, ON) - Andrew Armitage
[Brown] collects the very best trips from the most unexpected and surprising sights in the province.
The Ottawa Citizen - Canwest wire story
[For] travellers who want to stay close to home but still enjoy an adventure.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550464757
  • Publisher: Boston Mills Press
  • Publication date: 10/12/2007
  • Edition description: Revised and updated
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

  1. Ontario's Goat Pastures: The Alvar Communities
  2. Nicholson: A Ghost Town Worth Visiting
  3. Dyer's Dedication: Muskoka's Wilderness Memorial
  4. Canada's Gibraltar: Bon Echo Rock
  5. Ghosts of the Gold Fields: Ontario's Eldorado
  6. The Disappearing River of Peterborough County
  7. London's Blackfriars Bridge
  8. Kingston's Little Round Forts
  9. Castles of the Cuesta
  10. It Came from Outer Space: The Holleford Meteor Crater
  11. Smiths Falls' High-Rise Privy
  12. Trenton's Big Boulder
  13. Rails Under Brockville: Canada's Oldest Railway Tunnel
  14. The Swamp that Feeds the World: The Amazing Holland Marsh
  15. The Comfort Giant: Canada's Biggest Maple
    Tree
  16. Chiefswood: The Poet's Two-Sided Palace
  17. Woodstock's Death Mask
  18. Dwarf Cedars: Ontario's Oldest Trees
  19. Ontario's Taj Mahal: The Thomas Foster Memorial
  20. Belfountain Park: The Stamp Man's Legacy
  21. Guiding Light: Beautiful Point Abino Lighthouse
  22. Rockwood's Potholes
  23. The Floating Mansions of Lemonville
  24. An Industrial Survivor: Toronto's Gooderham and Worts Distillery District
  25. Secrets of the Swamp
  26. A Utilitarian Beauty: The R.C. Harris Filtration Plant
  27. A Touch of Holland: The Bayfield Windmill
  28. Carved in Stone: The Apple Park Farm Statues
  29. The Hole in the Hill: The Strange Story of the Eugenia Arches
  30. Point Pelee: Where Canada
    Begins
  31. The Telltale Grave: The Donnelly Tombstone
  32. Going Around in Circles: Goderich's Eight-Sided Main Street
  33. The Log Castle on White Otter Lake
  34. Grand Canyon North: Ouimet Canyon
  35. Midland's Giant Outdoor Art Gallery
  36. The Algoma Central: A Train Ride from the Past
  37. The White Crests of Killarney
  38. Cottage Country South: The Toronto Island Community
  39. Moose Factory's Floating Church
  40. The Ruins of St. Raphael
  41. Ontario's Smallest Ferry
  42. The Lake on the Mountain
  43. The Dune that Ate a Town
  44. Waterway from the Past: The Rideau Canal
  45. The Teaching Rocks: Peterborough's Petroglyphs
  46. Boats in the Air: The Kirkfield Lift
    Lock
  47. Boats on Rails: The Big Chute Marine Railway
  48. Ontario's Black Gold: The Petrolia Discovery
  49. West Montrose: The Last Covered Bridge
  50. Paris Plains Stone Church
  51. The Chettenham Badlands: Ontario's Painted Desert
  52. Sloman's School Car: The Schoolhouse that Rode the Rails
  53. Fort Mississauga: The Forgotten Fort
  54. The Lost Settlement of Newfoundout
  55. Temple of Light: The Sharon Temple
  56. The Dutch Chapel: The Pillars of the Scarborough Bluffs
  57. Toronto Islands's Haunted Lighthouse
  58. Those Perplexing Pukaskwa Pits
  59. The Strange Serpent Mound of Rice Lake
  60. The Southwold Earthworks: A Pre-European-Contact Village Site
  61. Ojibway: The Case of the Missing Town
  62. A Horse Palace: The Casa Loma Stables
  63. The Yorkville Rock and Other Strange Parks
  64. Perfect Purification: The Elevated Wetlands of the Don Valley
  65. Last of a Kind: Blair's Sheave Tower
  66. Kitchener's Pioneer Tower: Cultural Cooperation
  67. Emo's Unusual Norlund Chapel
  68. The Cryptic Gravestone of Rushes Cemetery
  69. Monument to Murder: Massacre at Reesor Siding
  70. The Sudden Splendour of the Elora Gorge
  71. Fossil Hunters' Fantasy: The Rock Glen Gorge
  72. Algonquin Park's Incredible Barron Canyon
  73. The Hell Holes of Eastern Ontano
  74. The Lake with No Waves: The Strange Story of Crawford Lake
  75. Wartime Ghosts: Camp Picton
  76. The Big Sand Pile: Houghton's Sand
    Hill
  77. A Bit of "Old Mexico": Sparta's Adobe Blacksmith Shop
  78. A City for the Birds: Picton's Birdhouse City
  79. Markham Heritage Estates: A Suburb of Last Resort
  80. A Green Sudbury
  81. Ontario's Ghost-Town Train
  82. Marmora's Big Hole
  83. James Bond and the Secret of Camp X
  84. The Magical Cyprus Lake Grotto
  85. Size Matters: The Battle Over the Country's Smallest Jail
  86. Eight Sides to a House: Woodchester Villa
  87. Pakenham's Stone Arch Bridge: North America's Longest
  88. Ontario's Worst Roads: The Forgotten Corduroy Trails
  89. The Smallest Union Station
  90. The Feeling of Being Watched: Toronto's Old City Hall Gargoyles
  91. Orangeville's Tree Spirits
  92. The Mud Church of Shanty Bay
  93. The Guild Inn's Garden of Ruins
  94. A Legacy in Log: The Madill Church
  95. 3-D-ception: The Trompe l'Oeil Murals of Castle Kilbride
  96. Temagami's Tall Pines
  97. Tiny Town: Toronto's Smallest Houses
  98. Depot Harbour: A Ghost Town Worth Visiting
  99. The Return of Muskoka's Portage Flyer: The World's Shortest Railway
  100. Death from the Tap: Walkerton's Memorial of Tragedy

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Preface

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 center 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 100 unusual things to see. It combines the best features found in the 50 Unusual Things to See in Ontario series, updates them and adds new oddities as well. Most of the listings are easy to see and are available to the public, either through admission, or from a public vantage point.

There is no particular order to the arrangement of the chapters in this volume, and that, in the opinion of this random explorer, is as it should be. 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.

Ron Brown, Toronto

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Introduction

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 center 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 100 unusual things to see. It combines the best features found in the 50 Unusual Things to See in Ontario series, updates them and adds new oddities as well. Most of the listings are easy to see and are available to the public, either through admission, or from a public vantage point.

There is no particular order to the arrangement of the chapters in this volume, and that, in the opinion of this random explorer, is as it should be. 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.

Ron Brown, Toronto

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