Nipissing Village, Ontario: Canadian History in Vintage Postcards
Welcome to Nipissing Village! Highlighting in vintage postcards the history of towns and townships in the greater Lake Nipissing and Lake Temagami areas of Northern Ontario, Canada, including the Nipissing District and portions of the Parry Sound district which are in the “Blue Sky Region.” These Canadian postcards are shown in digital, virtual museum format for educational purposes. If you have images or historical information which you’d like to share with our virtual museum, feel free to do so. To navigate these pages, mouse over the top navigation bar. Drop-down menus will appear of the areas of interest. Click on the thumbnails for larger images. Close the larger image before opening another thumbnail. The occasional duplicates for sale can be found using the search box on the main (home) page of VintagePostcards.org. This is an ongoing project; comments and questions to the webmaster at webmaster - at sign - vintagepostcards.org are welcome.
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Camp Ohio, at 239 Chapman’s Landing Rd. (left), is on the shores of Beatty Creek. It’s a 10-minute boat ride from Lake Nipissing and, at one time, operated 10 cabins. Local fishing catches include walleye, bass, pike and musky. Len and Audrey Battrick operated the camp at the time the c. 1960s to 1970s postcard was made. The Camp Ohio postcard boasted that the facility had a swimming pool, shuffleboard and horseshoe pits. Camp Ohio is now known as the South River Resort and has eight cottages. The Tom Rae Lodge is located about two miles north of Nipissing Village, at 534 Lake Nipissing Rd. The c. 1960s deckle-edge (scalloped) postcard to the right shows the Tom Rae Lodge’s swimming pool.
One of the prosperous lumbermen who set up sawmills along the South River in the Nipissing Village area was Fred Baechler, whose large summer cottage is shown. Baechler also established one of two general stores in the village. Ultimately, Nipissing Village would boast of two hotels, two churches, a school, a grist mill, a blacksmith shop and a wagon shop.
Railroad: Below are five vintage railroad images from Nipissing Village, Ontario, taken in the late 1940s. The first image (far left) shows the train order station, with a CNR train approaching. The second image shows a CNR operator at the train station, who appears to be operating a telegraph. The center image shows a Canadian National 6100-series Northern approaching the train order office at Nipissing Village with a freight train. In the fourth image, the tail end brakeman on a Canadian National freight train at Nipissing Village prepares to snatch train orders from the station operator. In the final image, at far right, A CNR 6100-series Northern passes the train order office at Nipissing Village with a freight train.
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