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Ghost Town of Jackfish Ontario by 

NOTE: to the below – this May 2010 a suspicious fire went through the old buildings in Jackfish Ontario. Many of them have been lost to the fire including what was called the two story Rooming house ( it is actually the Dahl family House ) which we photographers held near and dear to us.
I am happy to have photos of many of the buildings that are now GONE.
If this was Human fire – then SHAME on you for erasing this part of History of Northern Ontario.
some facts of the area are below:
Jackfish is a ghost town in northern Ontario, Canada, located on the north shore of Lake Superior near of Terrace Bay.

The last spike on the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) track between Montreal and Winnipeg was driven in west of Jackfish on May 16, 1885. Laying one particular mile of railway in this area is said to have cost $700,000.

a beach area, amongst Lake Superior’s otherwise rocky shoreline, Jackfish became a port of commercial fishing. Fish were caught here and packed in ice and loaded aboard trains bound for markets in Toronto and Montreal.

During World War II, young Canadian men of Japanese origin from British Columbia were sent to road construction camps, including one at Jackfish, to work on the construction of the Trans-Canada Highway.

The Lakeview Hotel at Jackfish, built at the end of the 19th century, remained a popular stopping place during the summer for a number of years. The hotel burned down in 1960 and the town site was abandoned by 1963.


  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Huntabout 5 years ago

    great idea, LL!

  • and you should too – everyones photos are different!

    – loralea

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganabout 5 years ago

    What a wonderful collection of photos, Laura. Thanks so much for the information about this area. This is a very special calendar.

  • thanks bev!

    – loralea

  • Laoghaire
    Laoghairealmost 5 years ago

    That’s it!! The old tower, it was a golden yellow when I was last there (1968??) and I thought it was a church or something (duh – I was young) Great calendar, just lovely.

  • HI Karen
    I re did the calendar to include the photos of the buildings that are no longer there…….sigh…. I will probably stare at it on my wall all year round wondering ‘why’.

    – loralea

  • loralea
    loraleaalmost 5 years ago

    thanks karen – its just a really great place – you can kind of sense the old activity
    with the quietness of the old buildings wishing there still was some…!

  • karelcm
    karelcmabout 4 years ago

    this is great, the photos in the calendar are wonderful. My mother grew up in Jackfish, i remember her telling me all kinds of stories from this place.

  • leystan
    leystanalmost 3 years ago

    Great calendar and story – Please consider joining the group “A Home Somewhere” and entering it in the challenge opening soon called “Houses and the Spirit of Halloween.” “Home” Host, Leystan

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