Category: Industrial Locations

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…


Thorold Resolute Paper Mill with Medical Surgery Room

abandoned ontario paper mill

In the early 1900s, the McCormick family had controlling interest of the (Chicago) Tribune Company which produced newspapers. In 1910, Robert McCormick started working in the family’s business and the following year was elected president of the Tribune Company. The Tribune’s main competition was a newspaper out of Hearst which was able to obtain newsprint…


Caddy’s Strip Club & Rockpile East – Scarborough, Ontario

caddys strip club

Caddy’s Strip Club was located in Scarborough, Ontario. Part of the adult entertainment experience of course was the availability of lap dances. This was a private area where dancers would provide dances for men often with unwanted physical contact taking place.Caddy’s Strib Club joins many others that have closed across Canada as fewer people utilize…


The Abandoned Tivoli Theatre in Hamilton Ontario

Tivoli Theatre in Hamilton

The Tivoli Theatre in Hamilton dates back to 1875 when it began as a carriage factory. The carriage factory closed six years later and the building remained vacant for the next 26 years. In 1908 the factory was converted to a theatre with 200 seats and named the Wonderland, followed by the Colonial (1910 to…


Niagara Falls Ontario Funeral Home & Embalming Room

abandoned funeral home coffin Ontario

This abandoned funeral home was located at 5647 Main Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario. It’s believed that the owner retired. Entry to the building took was an office window and once inside we were greeted with an immaculate funeral home. The electricity was still operational and we were quick to notice that an alarm system…


Abandoned Ontario Bowmanville Zoo

Abandoned Bowmanville Zoo

The Bowmanville Zoo opened in 1919 on the grounds of the Cream of Barley Mill (also on my website as location 5947). The attraction was known as “The Cream of Barley Campground”. The owner of the mill created a campground and park attraction for tourists. A petting zoo was added later.  By 1946 there were…


Abandoned Martin’s Bowling Alley in Hamilton, Ontario

Martin's Bowling Alley in Hamilton

Martin’s Bowling Alley is located in the city of Hamilton. This style of bowling alley has been obsolete for many years. The location was in operation for over fifty years. It consisted of 12 lanes with manual scoring (pencil and paper). There were six lanes on two different levels of the building.  The benches were…


Abandoned Ontario Bed & Breakfast

abandoned bed and breakfast

I was provided information on a supposed former bed and breakfast in Southern Ontario. I parked down the road at a recreational business and walked in the driveway to the property. A large tree has been placed across the entrance to keep vehicles out. The land adjacent to the house is used for farming.    …


Niagara Falls Hotel Europa and City Limits Night Club

Pool table in abandoned hotel

The history of Hotel Europa dates back several decades to a time when it was named the “Columbia Hotel”. The Columbia was later town down and the Trennick was built on the grounds. It opened on June 13, 1910 with Mr. Charles R. Newman as the proprietor. Rates for one of the 40 rooms ranged from…


McCormicks Candy Factory in London Ontario

mccormicks candy factory london

History of McCormick’s Factory London This is the abandoned McCormick’s Candy Factory in London, Ontario. It’s a widely known location among photographers and curious alike. The story of McCormicks begins in 1849. In 1849 Thomas McCormick emigrated to Canada from Ireland. In 1858 McCormick begun the manufacturing of candy in a factory located on Clarence…