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Sundridge, Ontario: Canadian History in Vintage Postcards

Birch Bark Greetings from Sundridge, Ontario

Welcome to Sundridge, Ontario! 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.

Greetings from Sundridge, Ontario, Postcard, Postmarked 1914, Sent to Mimico, ON

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Castle Inn

Sundridge, Castle Inn Century Home Sundridge, Cabins at Castle Inn Sundridge, Castle Inn, c. 1945-1949


Sundridge, Ontario Main St. Looking East from Ford Garage and Gas Station Sundridge, Ontario Main St. Gas Pumps and New Post Office Sundridge, Ontario Main St., c. 1913-1920 Sundridge, Marigold Tea Room 1 Sundridge, Marigold Tea Room 2
Sundridge, Ontario Public School, c. 1908-1911.  Photo by the J. W. Wilson Co. of Toronto, Montreal and Winnipeg Sundridge, Baptist Church in 1906 Sundridge, Aerial View 1 Sundridge, Welcome Arch Sundridge, Aerial View 2  
Sundridge, Ontario, Johnstone's General Merchandise Store on Main St. Looking West, c. 1918

Johnstone’s general store is seen in the vintage postcard to the left. The road is still dirt, with a boardwalk across it. If you can help us date this postcard, we’d appreciate it. To the right is a hand-colored c. 1913-1920 postcard of Main St. in Sundridge. The Hotel Sundridge is at right front. In an interesting juxtaposition of the changing times, a horse-drawn vehicle is parked at the hotel’s entrance, while an early automobile is parked beyond the horse-drawn vehicle. Early gas pumps are across the road. We’d like to know more about the other buildings seen in this postcard, which was published by Rumsey & Co. of Toronto.

Sundridge, Ontario, Hand-Colored Main St. Postcard, c. 1913

Glen Bernard Camp

Sundridge, Glen Bernard Camp, Girls on Waterslide, c. 1930s Real-Photo Postcard Sundridge, Glen Bernard Junior Camp, c. 1940s Real-Photo Postcard Sundridge, Lakeside Totem Pole at Glen Bernard Camp Sundridge, Sailing at Glen Bernard Camp 1 Sundridge, Sailing at Glen Bernard Camp 2
Sundridge, Ontario, Canoeing at Glen Bernard Camp


Sundridge, Auctioneer J. C. Murray's Home, Craigowan 1 Sundridge, Auctioneer J. C. Murray's Home, Craigowan 2 Sundridge, Home of William Hall, c. 1903-1907

Hotel Bernard (Caswell Resort Hotel)

The Hotel Bernard was built on the site of the Queen’s Hotel, which was destroyed by fire in 1890. Rebuilt, it burned again in 1919. Rebuilt a third time, the hotel was purchased in the 1940s by Mr. Caswell after WWII, and renamed as the Caswell Resort Hotel.

Sundridge, Original Hotel Sundridge, c. 1920s Sundridge, Aerial View of Caswell's Hotel Bernard and Cottages Sundridge, Hotel Bernard Overview 1 Sundridge, Hotel Bernard Overview 2 Sundridge, Hotel Bernard Motor Court, 1940s
Sundridge, Hotel Bernard Coffee Shop Sundridge, Hotel Bernard Lounge and Fireplace Sundridge, Log Lodge and Terrace at the Hotel Bernard Sundridge, Hotel Bernard Court Sundridge, Hotel Bernard Sun Lounge  
Sundridge, Hotel Bernard Entrance Sundridge, Hotel Bernard Guest Room Sundridge, Hotel Bernard c. 1950s Overview Sundridge, Hotel Bernard Guest Room in 1949 Sundridge, Hotel Bernard Lakeshore Cottages
Sundridge, Hotel Bernard Lakeside Cabins, 1946 Sundridge, Hotel Bernard Checker Board Court, c. 1947 Sundridge, Hotel Bernard Shuffleboard Court and Horseshoes, c. 1949 Sundridge, Hotel Bernard Waterslide Sundridge, Hotel Bernard Sleigh Ride
Sundridge, Hotel Bernard Ski Club Sundridge, Hotel Bernard Dock Sundridge, Hotel Bernard Sun Room, Facing Southeast Sundridge, Caswell Resort Dining Room Sundridge, Hotel Bernard, The Terrace, c. 1940s
Sundridge, Hotel Bernard Ski Club 1, 1955 Sundridge, Hotel Bernard Ski Club 2 Sundridge, Hotel Bernard Sleigh Ride, 1957

The real-photo postcard at top left of the Ski Club says on the reverse that the image was taken near the bottom of the hill, showing the hand-hewn log lodge and the tow motor house. It’s described as an excellent hill for both the novice and the good skier, and had a 1,000-foot tow. The sender, Phyllis, writing to Mr. and Mrs. F. Helm of 7334 Anthony in Dearborn, Michigan, said: “Lots of skiing & skating. Really different from Dearborn. Almost tempted to stay another week.”


Johnstone’s Tourist Camp

Sundridge, Stopping for a Drink of Water at Johnstone's Tourist Camp in 1937 Sundridge, Morning Papers at Johnstone's Tourist Camp Sundridge, Drink Pure Water at Johnstone's Tourist Camp Sundridge, Aerial View of Johnstone's Tourist Camp Sundridge, Cabins at Johnstone's Tourist Camp
Sundridge, Cabins at Johnstone's Tourist Camp in 1937 Sundridge, Cabins at Johnstone's Tourist Camp in 1932 Sundridge, Johnstone's Restaurant and Cabins, with Gas Station, c. 1930s Sundridge, Beach at Johnstone's Tourist Camp 1 Sundridge, Relaxing at Johnstone's Tourist Camp
Sundridge, Log Cabins at Johnstone's Tourist Camp Sundridge, Overnight Cabins at Johnstone's Tourist Camp, c. 1920s 1 Sundridge, Overnight Cabins at Johnstone's Tourist Camp, c. 1920s 2 Ponies at Johnstone's Tourist Camp in Sundridge, Ontario Sundridge, Beach at Johnstone's Tourist Camp in 1937

Layolomi Lodge

Sundridge, Morning Swim at the Layolomi Lodge Boys' Camp Sundridge, Morning Bugle Call at the Layolomi Lodge Boys' Camp Sundridge, Diving Tower at Layolomi Lodge Sundridge, Canoes at the Layolomi Lodge Beach

Military, 162nd Battalion

This entry is now located on the Sundridge military history page. See also the North Bay military history and Mattawa military history pages.



Sundridge, Scenic View at Lake Bernard Sundridge, Shady Maple Roadside Motel Sundridge, Ten Gables Inn on Highway 11 Sundridge, Picnic on Lake Bernard, c. 1920s Sundridge, Hockey Opportunity Camp, Managed by Joseph Bogensberger
Sundridge, Denville Bridge at Lake Bernard, c. 1920s Sundridge, Greystone Rock at Lake Bernard Fisherman at the Magnetawan River Gorge near Sundridge, Ontario, c. 1915 Log Cabin Used by Hunters Near Sundridge, Ontario in 1911
Scene at Lake Bernard, 1925 Dur-Bay Campsite at Deer Lake, or Deete Lake, Near Sundridge, Ontario
Sundridge, Lilley Faulkner c. 1881 Photograph of Settler with Bucksaw, 1906 Postcard Postmark Sundridge, Lake Bernard Park Campground Sundridge, Girls at Stony Lake in 1909  
Sundridge, Ontario Cattle

John C. Faulkner worked in Sundridge between 1889 and 1907, and was also documented there between 1914 and 1920. Postmarked in 1905, this real-photo postcard depicts two men with some cattle and a note written in jest which says: “Sundridge Ont. — at busiest period of the day.” Learn more about Faulkner and his niece, Lilley, on the Northern Ontario Postcard Photographers page. A portional close-up image from the postcard is seen to the right.

Sundridge, Ontario Cattle, Close-Up View
Sundridge, Ontario, Faulkner Pioneer Postcard of Farmer, Farmhouse and Yoke of Oxen

Due to unfortunately missing edges of the real-photo postcard seen above, the Faulkner watermark remains but the first name is indiscernible. We therefore don’t know whether John Faulkner or his niece Lilley took his c. 1903-1918 image of a farmer proudly standing by his yoke of oxen, along a dirt path leading to his imposing Gothic Revival style frame farmhouse. A woman and child stand in the front doorway of the home. The Gothic Revival style is closely associated with “century houses” in Canada. Note also the use of a split-rail fence on this farm, in what is a delightful vignette of rural Canadian farm life at the turn of the 20th century.

Sundridge, Hauling Cord Wood

John Faulkner and his niece Lilley took many pioneer images in the Sundridge area which were used as real-photo postcards (RPPC). Their photographs are particularly revealing in that they show ordinary, day-to-day life rather than sweeping vistas or prosperous businesses. One example is Lilley Faulkner’s vintage postcard (also an RPPC) entitled “Hauling Cord Wood Sundridge.” It shows three young boys hauling wood on sleds, using a goat and a dog to pull the sleds, while three men in the background (to the left) observe the event. The Solio stamp box dates the postcard to 1903 to 1918, although we suspect the image dates to about 1906. To the right is the impressed mark of photographer Lilley Faulkner.

Sundridge, Ontario, Lilley Faulkner Watermark

One of the most interesting features of this postcard is the appearance of six posters on the side of the barn. At least two of the posters reference “Kickapoo,” which was a popular traveling medicine man show, similar to a circus in atmosphere but offering “cures” for various maladies. Up to 75 Kickapoo shows traveled at a time, reaching audiences large and small in the United States and Canada.

Entertainment in the Old West

According to Entertainment in the Old West: Theater, Music, Circuses, Medicine Shows, Prizefighting and Other Popular Amusements: “The Kickapoo Indian Medicine Company was started by entrepreneurs Charles ‘Texas Charlie’ Bigelow and John E. Healy. They named the company after the Kickapoo Indian tribe of the Indian Territory of Oklahoma, even though there was no connection between the two. They started the company in Boston in 1881, moved to New York in 1884, then moved to New Haven, Connecticut, in 1887. By the late 1880s, the company had over 800 employees.

“The traveling show that Bigelow and Healy put on the road resembled, in many ways, the Wild West shows that later entertained in small towns. At various times, their show offered drama, vaudeville, minstrels, singers, dancers, magicians, and burlesque routines, as well as shooting competitions, dog and pony acts, and the exhibition of various circus animals. A typical show featured Indian songs and dances, rifle shooting demonstrations, a contortionist act, a trapeze artist, and a trained dog act. Their sales efforts extended to producing magazines full of their own advertising, such as The Indian Illustrated Magazine and The Kickapoo Indian Dream Book…One of the Kickapoo advertising slogans was: ‘Genuine Kickapoo Indian Oil: Quick Cure for All Kinds of Pain.’

Texas Charlie Bigelow

“The other half of the Kickapoo partnership, Texas Charlie Bigelow [1855-1917], was the ‘doctor’ and primary pitchman. [“Colonel” Bigelow, originally from Worcester, MA, was friends with Buffalo Bill Cody, traveling with Cody in his Wild West shows and gaining useful experience for his own Kickapoo medicine shows. Bigelow also had one of the most extensive collections of Indian relics in the country.] He cultivated the image of a Western hero, with shoulder-length hair and a wide-brimmed hat. He was attracted to the medicine show business at a young age, at which time he let his hair grow and became known as ‘Texas Charlie.’ When pitching in the East, he wore a buckskin outfit to provide a Western image. Performing in the West, he wore the more sedate frock coat of a traditional pitch doctor. He traveled with a Hindu who did a magic act. He also hired two Syrians from a rug store and dressed them as what he thought looked like Hindu priests in order to provide the mystical look of the Far East for his show.”

“The primary products of the Bigelow and Healy company were Kickapoo Indian Sagwa, a vegetable remedy for the stomach and liver; Kickapoo Indian Oil, for nervous and inflammatory diseases; Kickapoo Indian Worm Killer, for expelling any kind of internal worms; and Kickapoo Indian Salve, for skin [ailments].”


Grand Trunk Railroad No. 64 Near Sundridge  

Roadside Canadiana

Imperial Oil (Esso) Gas Station at Sundridge, Ontario, c. 1925 to 1930s

Here’s a wonderful Azo Square real-photo postcard of Scott’s service station in Sundridge, Ontario. Although Azo Square stamp boxes were used on the backs of postcards from about 1924 to 1949, this gas station (left) was no doubt in business by about 1934, when the Dionne Quintuplets were born at Corbeil, Ontario. Vintage advertising signs on the building include those for Coca-Cola and Sweet Caporal cigarettes, as well as British Consul, a brand made by the Imperial Tobacco Co. We’d be interested to learn more about the building’s location. Scott’s also offered tiny cabins for tourists. Two of the cabins are seen to the left in this image, partially obscured by the gas station. It’s a great early roadside Canadiana post card. To the right, we see a c. 1960s to 1970s vintage chrome postcard of the Sunset View restaurant and White Rose service station. Located on the Ferguson Highway (Highway 11), two miles north of Sundridge, it was owned and operated by Elsie and Steve Armstrong. The postcard also advertises that Lake Bernard and Eagle Lake are nearby for good fishing.

Sunset View Restaurant and Gas Station at Sundridge, Ontario, 1960s to 1970s

Tall Tale, or Exaggeration Postcards

Sundridge, Ontario, Tall Tale Rabbit Hunting Postcard, 1948

Ten Gables Golf Inn, 1795 Highway 11 South, Sundridge — Did the Ten Gables always have a golf course, or was it previously an inn, as seen in the c. 1945-1949 real-photo postcards below?

Sundridge, Ontario, Ten Gables Inn on Highway 11 Sundridge, Ontario, Ten Gables Inn Cabins


Canada Lynx, Sundridge, Ontario, c. 1964  

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