Talking Walls Photography

My fascination with Ontario’s abandoned heritage structures began when I learned of a former prison town named Burwash. I was fascinated to think that in today’s world, a complete town could remain off the map. Unfortunately when I visited Burwash, most of the town’s remains were long gone. This inspired me to search for other places that might be completely forgotten about.

That led me to a series of books on Ghost Towns of Ontario published by Canadian author Ron Brown. Over the years my interest in ghost towns faded, as by now most of them were in ruins. My focus changed to abandoned houses and industries. My passion is to document them before they’re gone forever.

I wanted to share my love of these forgotten places with society and so in 1999, I created a website named Mike’s Ontario Ghost Towns & Abandoned Places. This was at a time before social media existed as we know it today. The website became a central meeting point for many future urban explorers. I made countless friends, some remain friends to this day while others only hung around for the free locations. Eventually I changed the website’s name to Ontario Abandoned Places to reflect the shifting content. I no longer operate the website as I feel it’s fulfilled it’s purpose above and beyond my expectations.

Please read the Legal Disclaimer before exploring places. Talking Walls Photography is the label of Mike Lalonde, an urban explorer from the Hamilton area, Ontario, Canada.

I’ve been featured in The Sudbury Star, CBC, Northern Life, Reader’s Digest (Our Canada Magazine) and The Daily Mail.