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Madawaska Roundhouse

Location #5263
City: Algonquin Park
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Status: Abandoned
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Created By:timo explorer
Creation Date: 8/25/2012
Last Updated: 10/24/2012
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Back in the day when lumbermen and railway barons ruled the land, the most famous of all in Ontario was J.R. Booth, owner of the Ottawa, Arnprior and Parry Sound Railway. Booth was primarily a lumberman, but also built his own railways to haul his logs to the mills. His railway. built in the 1880's, ran from Ottawa to its terminus at Depot Harbour, near Parry Sound. Most explorers of abandoned places have visited Depot Harbour, and if you haven't I highly recommend doing it very soon. The highlight is the incredible roundhouse, standing like a Roman coliseum in the forest.
Booth also built a second roundhouse, near the mid-point of his railway along the Madawaska River. Here he built a roundhouse and station, just as impressive as the one in Depot Harbour. Unfortunately this structure, which stood for over 100 years, was torn down in 1994, for safety reasons and for the construction of a new dam.

Today all that remains is the berm which surrounded the tall concrete walls, a few pilings, and the concrete pad. If you look closely in the overgrown young forest, you can still see stone, metal and wood remnants of a time gone by. Now most of the area has become a community park, but the area of the roundhouse stills remains, although vastly overgrown. The former rail line is clearly visible, now only an ATV trail.
The village of Madawaska owes its very existence to the railroad, and yet no plaque or historic sign marks this spot.

Madawaska Roundhouse
Created on:10/23/2012
Created by: WrecksdaleWreck
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Madawaska Roundhouse (c1987)
Madawaska Roundhouse
Created on:9/8/2012
Created by: dieter
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Madawaska Round House
Madawaska Roundhouse
Created on:8/25/2012
Created by: timo explorer
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SuperSonic 3/2/2013 8:11:11 PM

this is a cool site

WrecksdaleWreck 10/24/2012 2:09:28 AM

CN continued service on the line from Ottawa on a daily basis after 1933. The water tank was moved to Barry's Bay where locomotives could be turned. Occasional trips to end of steel were made from there.

WrecksdaleWreck 10/24/2012 2:05:30 AM

Abandonment of the Madawaska Roundhouse was largely a result of the closure of through service in 1933 on the CN line from Depot Harbour to Ottawa was the result not of the depression, but a decline in traffic, a year after the opening of the enlarged Welland Canal. CN's excuse to close the through service was a condemned wooden bridge in Algonquin Park.

WrecksdaleWreck 10/23/2012 7:28:59 PM

I was in Madawaska on one fine sunny summer day in 1972 and I took the photograph of the roundhouse that Timo Explorer has uploaded to this site. He must have uploaded it from my flickr page.

WrecksdaleWreck 10/23/2012 6:54:53 PM

KyrinRan The railway at Lake St. Peter was Canadian Northern.

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