Abandoned cities

Popular ghost towns in Canada you shouldn’t miss

There is always something intriguing about visiting abandoned villages and towns. Every country has their own set of places where there are no people, or the population is just low.

Major abandoned cities in Canada

Canada is a hub of ghost towns that communities abandoned due to wreaked havoc on their livelihood. However, some people have refused to leave even after industries such as farming, mining, fishing and forestry dried up. The following is a list of vanishing ghost towns that should be visited in Canada.

1. Newfoundout

Located 6km North of Opeongo Repreongo road in Ontario, Newfoundout was one of the tiny settlements families lived in during the infamous road colonization by the government. In a way, it was never really an actual town.

Between 1860 and 1890 13 families tried to farm the barren land. There were no schools, churches, stores or hospitals. Finally, in 1945 Newfoundout town was officially declared an abandoned community, though it is still privately owned.

2. Cooper’s Fall

The town is named after Thomas Cooper who was the first settler. It is located on Black River in the Ramara near the village of Washago. Thomas Cooper had built this village with the hope that villagers would live clean and calm lives.

However, the lumberjacks would often appear when they were drunk. He was not pleased with their behaviour. Finally, the town fell on its knees when the lumber mill was closed in the late 1800s. Currently, the population stands at 14.

3. Vroomanton

Most folks are only aware of Sunderland, Ontario in Brock Township. Vroomanton is located NW of the province. Colonel James Vrooman founded the ghost town in the 1800s.

The farmland attracted a lot of people who built two churches, two schools, a post office, three stores and an Orange Hall. The town eventually was left bust when the railway failed to cross the area. The residents ended up moving to the nearby Sunderland town.

4. Swords

Originally known as Maple Lake Settlement, the name was later changed in 1925 to Swords in recognition of the Swords leadership. The Long Lake Lumber company was established, and things began to take shape.

The Sword family operates in many businesses of the town that led to its success such as the Maple Lake Hotel. However, by the time the town name was changed, it had started dragging down. And by the latest 1950s, the lumbering had stopped thus ending the tourist attraction. The farmland is still lush, and some few people still reside in the area.

5. Indiana

Indiana, Ontario is a town like no other. At first glance, the town looks like a plantation in the southern Mississippi. David Thompson, the founder of the town, never thought that the railway would surpass the town’s glory. Lumber was transported along the Grand River, and everything was just perfect.

However, Indiana’s fate was sealed when the railway found its way to Haldimand. The boats disappeared, and the residents left town. Only a few houses, the Thompson mansion and the graveyard, stand today.

 

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