The original location of Balaclava, spelled Balaklava back in the day, was a few km`s north of here, which appears to be on the now Canadian Military Base,Meaford, until the White family built a new store and the commerce shifted soutward in 1919.
Would you believe there are 3 ghost towns in Ontario named "Balaclava"? Becoming a ghost town isn't that common and yet that is what happened to 3 towns with the same name. What a coincidence. Besides this one in Grey, the others are in Bruce County (just east of Mildmay) and in Renfrew. The last one is the most famous of the 3.