Category: Commercial Property

Planet Night Club in Grimsby, Ontario

abandoned Planet Night Club Grimsby Ontario

Planet Night Club was located at 10 Windward Drive, between two large hotels in the town of Grimsby. It would have been a night club for local residents and hotel guests, except that it never opened it’s doors. The rumour is that the owner ran out of funds for the property.When I explored, it was evident that construction had stopped midway. Electrical outlets had exposed wiring, heating ducts were hanging from the ceiling and worker’s tools were left behind including scissor lift and a ladder.The club was elegant with a 60 foot granite counter top and marble tiled walls and…

Roseland Bowl in Burlington

Roseland Bowling in Burlington

Roseland Lanes Limited began operations in 1959 in a building located at 422 Guelph Line in Burlington. The bowling alley offered five pin bowling. When Roseland Bowl announced that they were closing on May 15, 2017, they were the only provider of five pin bowling in the city. The Burlington Thunderbirds program provides recreational five-pin bowling for a group of athletes who participate in the Bowl Canada Special Olympics each year. The group had used Roseland Bowl for over 20 years. The closure of Roseland led to Burlington Bowl to add eight 5-pin lanes to their existing fourty 10-pin bowling…

Colin McGregor Justice Building – St. Thomas

St. Thomas police station

The Colin McGregor Justice Building was located in the city of St. Thomas. It contained the St. Thomas Police headquarters as well as the courts. The building was located at 30 St. Catharine Street. The city council wanted to find an interested party to lease the building but there were no takers for the aging building. Besides the presence of asbestos inside the building, the ground contained contaminates that would require removal. The approximate cost of the demolition is $400,000.In September of 2014 the city council voted to build a new 30,000 square foot, one-storey building with a full basement,…

Final Destination Retirement Home

final destination

This was a nursing home for the elderly, located in Middlesex County. It’s been vacant since at least 2009. There have been extensions built onto the house. There’s stain glass in the older section of the home.The property has been demolished.

Fifth Wheel Truck Stop Grimsby

fifth wheel truck stop

The Fifth Wheel Truck Stop, located in Grimsby, was part of a chain of restaurants throughout Canada and had been in business for 27 years. The Fifth Wheel truck stop also provided gasoline and offered motel service in the basement. Approximately 25 staff worked at the Fifth wheel in earlier years, and towards the 1980’s approximately 100 staff were employed. September 20, 2015 was the last day of operations at the truck stop. At 3 PM the doors closed never to reopen. Losani Homes purchased the land and plans to build residential and commercial properties. Today there is nothing left…

Captain John’s Restaurant Toronto

St.John'sRestaurantinToronto abandoned

A man with a dream versus the city of Toronto who were determined to sink it. Ivan Letnik was born in the republic of Slovenia, in a country of uprising and internal chaos. Realizing that Yugoslavia held no future for him, Letnik attempted to escape to neighbouring Austria. His first attempt failed but he was successful during his second attempt on August 8, 1956. Shortly after his escape to Austria, Letnik attended the hospital where a tumour on his neck deemed to be cancerous was removed. He spent time in Graz, Austria where he lived with distant family members and…

Behind The Bit Equestrian Center – London, Ontario

Behind the Bit Equestrian Center London

This was the location of Behind The Bit Equestrian Center, a rescue farm for neglected horses and ponies. In 2018, York Developments sought to develop the property. They purchased the land and informed the rescue farm on January 3rd, 2019 that the lease would not be renewed and that they had until January 30th to vacate. The owners of the business tried to fight this in the court system. The presence of the heavy machinery, hydro being disconnected and often having the driveway blocked was a huge inconvenience for the rescue farm. York Developments then sought a cease and desist…

Blue Bonnets Raceway (Quebec)

Abandoned Blue Bonnets Race Track in Quebec

The Blue Bonnets Raceway opened on June 4th, 1907 in the city of Montreal. It had originally been located on the Jos. Decary farm, but in 1886 the Ontario and Quebec Railway laid down tracks effectively splitting the raceway in half. In 1858, Jean-Louis Levesque added a mult-million dollar clubhouse on the grounds. The racetrack rivaled many Ontario race tracks at the time. From 1961 to 1975 the Blue Bonnets Raceway was the official home to the Quebec Derby. Ownership of the track was passed onto the municipal government in the early 1990s which rebranded the racetrack as The Hippodrome….

Talisman Ski Resort in Collingwood

Abandoned Talisman Ski Resort Ontario

The Talisman Ski Resort was built back in the 1960s. It closed in 2011 due to bankruptcy. After it closed, it became an area popular with hikers and dog walkers. An auction was held for sale of the 200 acrs property located at 150 Talisman Mountain Drive. The minimum bid was $2.39 million. Secondary properties were auctioned off but the municipality didn’t receive any bids on the resort itself. Arson on the same day as auction Grey County OPP received a call for mischief to the property at 9:20 p.m. on Monday, August 12 after five males were observed entering…

Abandoned Ontario Mushroom Dormitory

Abandoned Mushroom Dormitory in Ontario

This is an abandoned building in front of the Monaghan Mushroom Farm. The dormitory building was previously home to migrant workers who hailed primarily from Latin America. At least one room still has house rules in Spanish on the door. The main floor has numerous rooms. There is also a basement, which is in two sections. Based on the artifacts and stickers on the wall, it appears that the last time anyone lived here was 1988.