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  • Bracebridge, 1910
    Image       This shot of Bracebridge was taken from above the falls. Note the extensive piles of lumber and a partial log boom in the water.
    Image     This shot of Bracebridge was taken from above the falls. Note the extensive piles of lumber and a partial log boom in the water.
  • Construction of Wellington St. bridge, Bracebridge
    Image       Construction of the Wellington St. bridge in Bracebridge began in 1982 and the bridge was open for travel in 1984.
    Image     Construction of the Wellington St. bridge in Bracebridge began in 1982 and the bridge was open for travel in 1984.
  • Construction of Wellington St. bridge, Bracebridge
    Image       Construction of the Wellington St. bridge in Bracebridge began in 1982 and was open for travel in 1984. Although this meant that the Segwun could no longer come into Bracebridge Bay, the bridge improved automobile traffic in the town.
    Image     Construction of the Wellington St. bridge in Bracebridge began in 1982 and was open for travel in 1984. Although this meant that the Segwun could no longer come into Bracebridge ...
  • Tennant sawmill, Bracebridge, Ont.
    Image       Tennant's sawmill, on the shores of the north branch of the Muskoka River in Bracebridge, was established on the former Hess Furniture site by George Tennant in 1909. It later became the site of Northern Planing Mills, then Northern Buildall.
    Image     Tennant's sawmill, on the shores of the north branch of the Muskoka River in Bracebridge, was established on the former Hess Furniture site by George Tennant in 1909. It later ...
  • Logging sleighs in winter.
    Image       Logging sleighs such as these were used to transport logs to the mill or possibly to the river to be floated to the mill.
    Image     Logging sleighs such as these were used to transport logs to the mill or possibly to the river to be floated to the mill.
  • A Brag Load of firewood.
    Image       This photo shows a very large load of firewood or cordwood, cut during the winter months to supply heat for homes in the early days. An arduous task necessary to survival.
    Image     This photo shows a very large load of firewood or cordwood, cut during the winter months to supply heat for homes in the early days. An arduous task necessary to ...
  • Christmas display at Fenn's hardware store, Bracebridge.
    Image       An impressive display of items offered to Christmas shoppers at Fenn's hardware in Bracebridge. The display of oil lamps suggests the time prior to reliable electricity in town.
    Image     An impressive display of items offered to Christmas shoppers at Fenn's hardware in Bracebridge. The display of oil lamps suggests the time prior to reliable electricity in town.
  • Ecclestone Hardware Christmas display, Bracebridge
    Image       An amazing array of Christmas gift suggestions displayed inside Ecclestone's Hardware store in Bracebridge. Possibly early 1900s.
    Image     An amazing array of Christmas gift suggestions displayed inside Ecclestone's Hardware store in Bracebridge. Possibly early 1900s.
  • Hutchison's store, Bracebridge.
    Image       The interior of Hutchison's grocery, flour and feed store, established in 1886 and located for many years on the east side of Manitoba Street in downtown Bracebridge.
    Image     The interior of Hutchison's grocery, flour and feed store, established in 1886 and located for many years on the east side of Manitoba Street in downtown Bracebridge.
  • Brown's Log Cabin garage, Bracebridge.
    Image       Brown's Log Cabin Service station or garage, owned by Bert Brown, was situated at the corner of Manitoba St. and Hwy 118 West, the current site (2019) of Scotiabank plaza.
    Image     Brown's Log Cabin Service station or garage, owned by Bert Brown, was situated at the corner of Manitoba St. and Hwy 118 West, the current site (2019) of Scotiabank plaza.
  • Brown's Log Cabin garage, Bracebridge.
    Image       Brown's Log Cabin garage or service station was established by Bert Brown, the local British American Oil distributor. According to Bracebridge: an early settlement in Muskoka by Bob Petry, this business was located at the corner of Manitoba Street and Monck Hill, or the current Hwy 118 W.
    Image     Brown's Log Cabin garage or service station was established by Bert Brown, the local British American Oil distributor. According to Bracebridge: an early settlement in Muskoka by Bob Petry, this ...
  • Windermere House in the early days, Lake Rosseau.
    Image       This photo was taken of Windermere House on Lake Rosseau in its early days before it expanded in 1902, adding a second tower. By the 1890s, the resort could accommodate 220 guests.
    Image     This photo was taken of Windermere House on Lake Rosseau in its early days before it expanded in 1902, adding a second tower. By the 1890s, the resort could accommodate ...
  • Muskoka Leather Co. employees Bracebridge
    Image       The Muskoka Leather Company was established in Bracebridge by the Beardmore Company in 1877. Located on 35 acres on the north side of the Muskoka River and west of the town, it became by 1890 one of the largest tanneries producing sole leather, in Canada. Although it expanded in 1913, ...
    Image     The Muskoka Leather Company was established in Bracebridge by the Beardmore Company in 1877. Located on 35 acres on the north side of the Muskoka River and west of the ...
  • Bracebridge Garage
    Image       Bracebridge Garage was located on Manitoba Street, next to the Bracebridge Library. (At one time, the Library was flanked on both sides by garages).
    Image     Bracebridge Garage was located on Manitoba Street, next to the Bracebridge Library. (At one time, the Library was flanked on both sides by garages).
  • Bracebridge Bay
    Image       A photo of Bracebridge Bay, below the falls, ringed with boat houses, after the new wharf was constructed in 1906.
    Image     A photo of Bracebridge Bay, below the falls, ringed with boat houses, after the new wharf was constructed in 1906.
  • Falkenburg train station in later years
    Image       This image shows the Falkenburg train station in later years with a small addition to the left. Looks like the dog has treed the cat!
    Image     This image shows the Falkenburg train station in later years with a small addition to the left. Looks like the dog has treed the cat!
  • Train station at Falkenburg, Ontario
    Image       The arrival of the railroad in 1886 marked the beginning of a new settlement near Falkenburg, which came to be known as Falkenburg Station. this was once a major siding for CN trains, operating until the early 1960s just a few kilometers north of Bracebridge.
    Image     The arrival of the railroad in 1886 marked the beginning of a new settlement near Falkenburg, which came to be known as Falkenburg Station. this was once a major siding ...
  • Parade up Manitoba Street Bracebridge 1930s?
    Image       A parade proceeding northwards on Manitoba Street, Bracebridge, possibly late 1930s or early 1940s. Note the motorcycle escort in advance of the parade led by what looks like a pipe band.
    Image     A parade proceeding northwards on Manitoba Street, Bracebridge, possibly late 1930s or early 1940s. Note the motorcycle escort in advance of the parade led by what looks like a pipe ...
  • Construction of second power house at Bracebridge Falls
    Image       Construction of the second power house at Bracebridge Falls in 1902. The building with the peaked tower in the background would be Inn at the Falls.
    Image     Construction of the second power house at Bracebridge Falls in 1902. The building with the peaked tower in the background would be Inn at the Falls.
  • Bracebridge Manitoba Street Fire 1908
    Image       A serious fire broke out early Monday morning December 28th 1908 along the east side of Manitoba Street, destroying several businesses in the heart of downtown Bracebridge. Firefighters were hampered by ice forming due to the severe cold.
    Image     A serious fire broke out early Monday morning December 28th 1908 along the east side of Manitoba Street, destroying several businesses in the heart of downtown Bracebridge. Firefighters were hampered ...
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