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Madawaska Roundhouse

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Discovered by timo explorer
Created Aug 25 2012
Recent status Abandoned
Category Foundations
City Algonquin Park, Ontario
Location # 5263
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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.

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SuperSonic this is a cool site

Mar 02 2013  • 0 like(s)

WrecksdaleWreck 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.

Oct 24 2012  • 0 like(s)

WrecksdaleWreck 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.

Oct 24 2012  • 0 like(s)

WrecksdaleWreck 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.

Oct 23 2012  • 0 like(s)

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

Oct 23 2012  • 0 like(s)

dieter This was, of course, the Ottawa Arnprior & Parry Sound Railway (OAPSR), or just "The J.R. Booth road". I recommend the book "Over the hills to Georgian Bay". A very good history and lots of photos.

Sep 08 2012  • 0 like(s)

dieter Had a cottage just outside of Barrys Bay in the '80's and used to visit the roundhouse site every summer. I found a few photos I took in 1987 during one visit. A good friend worked for CN on the Madawaska sub. Many good stories about the places up there.

Sep 08 2012  • 0 like(s)

clay70 people today probably dont think of the effort needed to build these railways in the canadian shield back then...

Aug 26 2012  • 0 like(s)

KyrinRan I would love to have seen it in his heyday. If the Grand Trunk Railway did not merge with Canadian Northern and become CN Rail, the site also would have been a major junction with a line going south linking up to the line at St Peter. From there it would have been Grand Trunk's Ottawa - Toronto line.

Aug 26 2012  • 0 like(s)

clay70 nice--didnt know of this one...

Aug 25 2012  • 0 like(s)