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Talisman Ski Resort

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Created Feb 12 2012
Recent status Closed
Category Recreational
City Grey Highlands, Ontario
Location # 4066

Talisman has been abandoned for almost a year now, and is quickly falling into a state of disrepair. Easily accessible (I drove in). Many people around - hikers, cross-country skiiers, dog walkers, etc.

Bidding for the main resort area of the Talisman property (150 Talisman Mountain Drive) closed at 3 p.m. on Monday, August 12. The minimum bid was set at $2.39 million to cover taxes owing on the property.

This is the second time Krueger has made the exact same announcement, as the first tax sale closed with no bids for the main property on March 4.

Other secondary properties, however, were sold at that time.

Grey Highlands Mayor Wayne Fitzgerald said he was disappointed the municipality received no bids in the second tax sale.

"But that's life," he said.

Monday's outcome was not what CAO Dan Best expected.

"I am surprised we didn't receive any subsequent bids," said Best. "In terms of next steps, staff will meet to assess options and make recommendations to council on the matter."

So the old Mountain Resort remains in limbo once more.

Arson on the same date...

Grey County OPP received a call for mischief to the property at 9:20 p.m. on Monday, August 12 after five males were observed entering the property. The caller heard glass breaking.

Police arrived on scene and detected smoke on the second floor. Grey Highlands Fire Department attended the fire, and extinguished it quickly. There was minimal damage to the building.

MacabreKiss: Built in 1963, the former Talisman Ski Resort quickly became a beloved destination for both beginner and intermediate skiiers. Once the largest ski resort in Ontario and one of the first Ontario venues for snowboarding. The resort even held international snowboarding competitions.

In the early 2000's Talisman was unable to remain competitive with nearby Blue Mountain and began to lose money, by 2011 they officially declared bankruptcy.

The owner vanished, leaving 200+ acres and millions of dollars in unpaid taxes. The site sat vacant until 2013 when an auction was held by the township to pay off some of the outstanding debt (which totaled $2.3M).

After 2 failed attempts at selling the property for back-taxes, the lot eventually sold to Brian Ellis in 2015 for $1.8M. The plans included retiring the ski hill, restoring the buildings and launching a golf course with the goal being to reopen in 2016.

The buildings were stripped to the studs while a club house for the golf course was built. The course was open briefly but has since shut down.

As of the summer of 2020 the entire property is once again sitting vacant.

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Storytrail This property is now active - contractors have been on-site, the place is being renovated and is no longer abandoned.
Dec 16 2014
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Storytrail Property purchased by toronto development team... will become a hotel and spa.
Jun 28 2014
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Unknown User The fire dept. also checks up weekly on this place for any poe's. This will prevent any further damage although mold has begun to set in.
Oct 02 2013
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crazycarclub There was a story on the ctv news about the municipality taking over the property.
Oct 02 2013
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Golson Moldon Grey Highlands to take over ownership.
Sep 27 2013
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doom vs There was more we left unexplored due to other visitors and time. Thanks GS.
Aug 28 2013
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ground state Lots of great galleries here, but Doom, your collection really stresses the absolutely flabbergasting loss of potential assets here. Lots of room shots in everyone's galleries, but you really captured the sheer amount of commodities left behind. Holy crap. I'm stunned.
Aug 28 2013
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doom vs Only dog walkers, locals and petty thiefs around for my visit this weekend.
Aug 26 2013
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Golson Moldon You be best staying away from this one, someone set a fire in the Kitchen last week and the building is now owned by the town. I suspect anyone entering will not be shown a good time by the local authorities.
Aug 19 2013
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crazycarclub Got approached by a fire department dude about ten minutes in and he told us we were trespassing and the cops would be called, so best that we left. So after he left we made our way to an obvious POE and checked it out. Its still accessablie but boarded up on the first and second floor now. The ballroom is in the dark :(
Aug 18 2013
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Golson Moldon Kking - you were probably at the bottom while I was at the top! lol
Mar 25 2012
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kking Drove by today and the big sign at the road has blown down
Mar 25 2012
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teeko I don't know why there are 2 galleries
Mar 06 2012
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kking Such a tragedy to see a place that was once so vibrant in the community fading into a wasteland. Hoping BDO finds a buyer that can rejuvenate the property and bring it back to being a "Feature" of this area instead of an eyesore
Feb 26 2012
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doom vs What a phenomenal waste.
Feb 13 2012