Category: Commercial Property

Nighswander Equestrian in Aurora

Nighswander Equestrian was the business venture of Gloria and Jim Nighswander who lived in Aurora, Ontario. For over five decades Gloria and her staff taught students saddle seat riding techniques, provided riding lessons, and offered education on the variety of horse breeds. Nighswander Equestrian also offered indoor and outdoor boarding at their year-round operation. They also…


Eatonville Roadhouse

eatonville roadhouse

The Eatonville Roadhouse began as a business venture of J.A. Eaton to operate a hotel and roundhouse in Ontario. Eaton already owned a hotel in Chicago and wanted to expand his business to offer accommodations to people needing a place to stay while travelling from Detroit to Buffalo or Niagara Falls. Mr. Eaton chose a…


Dougherty’s Meat Packing Plant

Homer's Meats Fort Erie

Closed in 2010. The plant was located on Centre Street in Thorold.  


Gateway Motel – Fort Erie

historial gateway motel fort erie

The Gateway Motel was named such because it was one of the first motels you’d reach when arriving to Canada via the Peace Bridge from the USA. The reviews for the motel were below average. We visited this location during May of 2015 on one of my user meetups. At that time the beds were…


St. Thomas Food N Foam

food n foam st. thomas

The Food ‘N’ Foam was owned and operated by businessman Jim McNiven and his wife Kay. Jim had experience in operating a restaurant, having previously owned the McNiven’s Dairy Bar in Talbotville. Food N Foam began operating in 1961 and was located at 9844 Sunset Drive in St. Thomas. The business was well known for…


Heritage Theatre Brampton

abandoned heritage theatre brampton

The three -storey Capital Theatre in the City of Brampton was built in 1922 based on a design by Toronto architects Herbert George Duerr and B. Kingston Hall. Financing for the theatre came from Thomas Moorehead, who spent $6,000 for construction(*) of the theatre. Mr. Moorehead would later become a Peel County Court Magistrate (judge).The…


Prudhomme’s Landing Inn

Prudhommes Landing

Prudhommes Landing Inn was located on 80 acres of land in Vineland, Ontario close to the shores of Lake Ontario. It was a popular vacation getaway for tourists.It all began in 1948 when brothers John and George Prudhomme built a fifteen room motel. By 1960 they had expanded the motel to 180 rooms. A restaurant…


Abandoned Toronto Holiday Inn

abandoned holiday inn Toronto

This Holiday Inn hotel was constructed from factory-produced concrete boxes built in the shape and size of an individual hotel room. The boxes were trucked in and stacked into place with a crane where they were tied to the other structures. Construction was completed by 1970, when the Holiday Inn opened. The large lobby offered…


Mohawk Inn and Chop House

Mohawk Inn Campbellville Ontario

The Mohawk Inn and Conference Centre opened on June 3, 1967 as a Colonial style Inn. It was built by Bert Day in 1967 as a Centennial project. The Days had become interested in Canadian antiques while up north and filled the inn with beautiful Canadian glassware, china and other items. The staff was outfitted in…


The Iron Grill in Woodstock

The Iron Grill Woodstock

The Town and Country Restaurant began as a classy eatery that was popular among Woodstock residents.The business later changed owners and renamed to the Iron Grill. The last change in ownership occurred in September of 2007 when Toronto businessman Umakanth Nadarajah purchased the business for approximately $1 million dollars. Flooding at the Iron Grill during…