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McKinnon (ghost town)

Abandoned Ghost Town in Springwater, Ontario, Canada

Nov 08 2010

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Recent status Abandoned
Location # 2131

West of the ghost town of Josephine in the Minesing Swamp sits another ghost town called McKinnon. Pioneer settlers arrived here in the mid-1800's and a settlement was set up around a mill on the Nottawasaga River. I assume this was a sawmill because logging occurred in the area and because the Notty flows too slow for grist mill activity. In time huge spring floods wiped the village out. (It is one of only 2 spots in Ontario where Walleye will spawn on land because in the spring the water covers the low-lying land up to 7 feet in depth).

5 former homestead foundations remain as well as the mill foundations. The bridge, built 1927, has been refurbished by the snowmobile club. It was built for logging purposes.

A geo-cache has been set up to mark the location. One can get here via the McKinnon Rd. trail north of Angus or by canoe, but WATCH out for the Giant Hogweed that is infesting the area. I hope someone will get here sometime soon to get photos.

In the meantime there are 2 websites that showcase the ghost town and the bridge in the links below.

** I am hoping someone can get here and get some photos of all the remains of this settlement...**

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9 years ago

Looking forward to tims photos. Did you guys find the sawmill location?

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9 years ago

That was a pretty challenging exploration...

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9 years ago

Answer to Clay, without looking. Genesis!

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9 years ago

I was joined by driverv for the journey. The pair of us pushed our way through to visit the entire town, or whats left of it.

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9 years ago

Trivia: What band wrote the progressive rock song "Return of the Giant Hogweed" in 1971?

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9 years ago

Thanks timo for all your efforts...did u go alone?

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9 years ago

June was maybe not the best time to trek into McKinnon. The overgrowth was tremendous, and along with Giant Hogweed and bugs, quite a challenge. We visited every known ruins, and got photos of most. I plan to return again in the fall.

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11 years ago

can someone please get photos of all the ruins here?

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12 years ago

Use to go fishing here all the time on the Natawasaga River.