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Nipissing Village, Ontario: Canadian History in Vintage Postcards

Greetings from Nipissing, Ontario 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 This is an ongoing project; comments and questions to the webmaster at webmaster - at sign - are welcome.


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Nipissing Village, Ontario:

Nipissing Post Office and Richardson General Store Nipissing Village, General Store and Esso Gas Station, c. 1940s to 1950s South River Homestead in Nipissing, Ontario Nipissing, Promised Land Tourist Camp 1 Nipissing, Promised Land Tourist Camp 2
Boat Landing at Nipissing Village, Ontario Bridge Over the South River at Nipissing Village, Ontario Chapman’s Landing on the South River at Nipissing Village, Ontario Nipissing, Ontario Stock Photography by Ewing Galloway Daub's Housekeeping Cottage at Nipissing Village, Photograph by Gough in the 1940s
Looking Up the South River at Nipissing Village, Ontario, c. 1940s to 1950s Nipissing, Ontario in the Winter Canoing on the South River at Nipissing, Ontario, c. 1916 Nipissing Village, Ontario in Winter, Walking Toward Esso Gas Station, c. 1940s to 1950s  
Camp Ohio on Chapman's Landing Road Near Nipissing Village, c. 1960s

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.

Nipissing Village, Ontario, Tom Rae Lodge
Lakeholm, Lumberman Fred Baechler's Summer Cottage at Sunset Point on Lake Nipissing, c. 1924 to 1940s

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.

Nipissing Village, Ontario, Train Station 1 Nipissing Village, Ontario, Train Station, Telegraph Operator Nipissing Village, Ontario, Train Station, Canadian National Approaches Railroad Depot Nipissing Village, Ontario, Train Station, CNR brakeman on Freight Train Gets Train Orders from Station Operator Nipissing Village, Ontario, Train Station, CNR Freight Train Passes Railroad Depot

Tall Tale, or Exaggeration, Postcards:

Canning Peaches, a Tall Tale Exaggeration Postcard from Nipissing, c. 1940s Tall Tale Fishing Exaggeration Postcard from Nipissing, c. 1940s Tall Tale Hunting Exaggeration Postcard from Nipissing, c. 1940s Tall Tale, Fish Bay Exaggeration, Real Photo Postcard Tall Tale, c. 1937 Harris Wheat Harvester, Nipissing, Real Photo Postcard

Old antique postcards tell the stories of North Bay, Temagami, Bear Island, Bonfield, Callander and Corbeil, Commanda, the Ferguson Highway (Highway 11), Marten River, Alderdale, Monetville and Noëlville, Nipissing Village, Powassan and Trout Creek, Sturgeon Falls, Sundridge, Trout Lake, Restoule, South River, Tilden Lake, Lavigne and Verner, Dokis, Rutherglen, Tomiko Ontario, Trout Mills and other areas of interest. Enjoy the story of artist Frederic Remington’s moose hunting trip near Mattawa. Or, see an Orangemen Parade from more than a century ago. We also maintain a rare collection of New Ontario Brewery breweriana.

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