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Balaclava (ghost town)
Located in: Renfrew County
Location #2102

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Location Owner: OAP
Creation Date: 10/26/2010
Last Updated: 4/30/2017

Balaclava began as a mill town built on Constant Creek in 1855. By 1860 a blacksmith shop, hotel and homes were added. The mill was acquired by the Richards family in 1868 who operated the mill for the next 91 years. The mill was rebuilt in 1936 after a good deal of the original mill was destroyed by fire.

A sawdust burner was added around 1903 to comply with anti-pollution legislation. Up until this time, the owners of the mill simply dumped their sawdust into the river.

In 1957, David Dick took over the mill however the supply of timber was very much depleted and the mill was only producing a few thousand board feet a year (compare this with one million board feet a week at the mill's peak). In 1959, the mill was shut down and the store closed(?).

Balaclava isn't totally isolated however, the mill is just east off of a highway (formerly the Opeongo Colonization Road). The owner of the mill is threatening to demolish the mill if people continue to trespass upon the property! This is a warning to you all.

Location: Turn North from Dacre (Highway 132) onto Scotch Bush Rd (County Rd. 513). A sign announces your arrival.

An excellent video from Lio Convoy on Balaclava:http://vimeo.com/10347135

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Status: Abandoned
Category: Ghost Town

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Latitude: 45.39055 / Longitude:-76.94888
Province: Ontario

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