Category: Industrial Locations

General Motors Plant – St. Catharines

The Gneral Motors plant in St. Catharines is a 43 acre property with 1.2 million feet of square space. It began operations in March of 1929 after being purchased by McKinnon Industries, which became a subsidiary of General Motors. The company was founded as McKinnon and Mitchell Hardware by Ebenezer McKinnon in 1878. The hardware…


John Deere Factory

This was the John Deere Factory in Welland, Ontario. The factory opened in 1911 after taking over The Dain Manufacturing Company, a producer of farming equipment. The company moved their headquarters to Welland in 1915 and in 1918 changed their name to John Deere Manufacturing Company. Workers were unionized in 1989. In the year 2000,…


Abandoned Ontario Villa Resort

The history of this piece of property dates back to the 19th century when a wealthy family of political background purchased this adjoining parcel of land to expand their estate. The families didn’t live on the additional property, but rather leased it out to tenants. The location was last used as a retreat that could…


Abandoned Royal Brock Hotel in Guelph Ontario

The Royal Brock was a 104-room Best Western brand hotel that operated in the City of Guelph. Prior to this, it had operated under different company names. The last of which was the College Motor Inn (est. 1970s to 1980s). In 1987 the College Motor Inn underwent renovations to increase guest capacity and include a…


Lookout Inn in Callander, Ontario (North Bay)

The Lookout Inn is located just south of North Bay. It used to be a hotel with a dining area and patio overlooking Lake Nipissing. The business closed in the 1990s. The hotel was supposed to be revived in 2005 but plans fell through. The two buildings became a popular destination for vandals over the…


Burgess Battery Factory in Niagara Falls

The Burgess Battery Company was formed on March 2nd, 1917 by Dr. Charles Burgess, a professor at University of Wisconsin. The company was a subsidiary of C.F. Burgess Laboratories. Burgess was a chemical engineer who developed dry cell batteries commonly known today as A, B, C and D cell batteries. Burgess had also been working…


Niagara Falls Memorial Arena & Sand Sculpture Exhibit

The Niagara Falls Memorial Arena was constructed in 1950 with a capacity of holding 3,056 patrons. The first opening hockey game took place on January 27, 1950 which featured the Niagara Falls Cataracts playing against the Hamilton Aerovox (a 6-4 loss for Niagara by the way). Various hockey teams called the arena their home including…


Abandoned Firestone Textiles Factory in Woodstock Ontario

Firestone Cotton Mills of Canada began operations in 1936 in a building purchased from the Oxford Knitting Mills in Woodstock, Ontario. The building was known as Plant Number 1, located at the corner of Oxford and Ingersoll Streets. Plant #1 manufactured cotton for tire cord cotton reinforced tires. The cotton was used until the 1940’s…


Paper Mill with Medical Surgery Room

This mill was another statistic in the industries we lost due to increasing operating costs and decreased sales. The company announced a $15 million dollar loss in the year prior to announcing they were shuttering production at this particular plant. The building was quite large and took several hours to see it all. I didn’t…


Abandoned Oxford County Abandoned Drive In

The Oxford Drive In is located along Highway 2 between London and Woodstock. It began in 1949 when a Mr. Summerhayes from Brantford wanted to find suitable land upon which to build a drive-in theatre. He purchased land belonging to Mr. German for an amount of $3,000 and began construction of his drive in theatre….