Victoria Harbor was once home to the booming timber trade

“For single men, there was a pension if you worked at the mill. In the bush, it was a hut,” notes the author.

Victoria Harbor Lumber Company and Store.

John Waldie’s factories in Victoria Harbor employed a large proportion of men from Tay and elsewhere to cut, haul, float and mill the mighty old growth forests of this region and further north to meet the needs of a country in full growth. Gone now.

For single men there was a pension if you worked at the mill. In the bush, it was a cabin.

These salt houses seen on map #1, beyond the VHL company store, were built by Waldie for his employees. The two-storey director’s houses were on the hill near the Presbyterian Church.

Locals called it the Canary Town because most of the houses were a creamy yellow.

John Waldie, it was said, would build a library and a town hall if the citizens voted to make it a “dry” town.

try to remember where you could go for a drink in Victoria Harbour, except the Royal Canadian Legion.

About one-eighth of what remained of all eastern forests was around Georgian Bay.

Michigan had already been cleared, and loggers were eyeing the issuance of logging permits for Simcoe, the district of Parry Sound and Muskoka, which were being auctioned off by a revenue-seeking government.

Logging, it was said, opened up the country, encouraged settlement, trade and brought people.

The names Cook, Dodge, Waldie and Playfair are just a few of the names that recall the booming lumber trade in Georgian Bay and its impact on the landscape.

Comments are closed.