This past weekend the sun was finally shining and it was warm enough to venture outside for some fun Urbex Photography! I hadn't been out to do this type of photography in forever, but now I think I may make it a more regular thing! This particular location had it's humble beginnings as a farm. Eventually the sprawling lands were donated to the Ontario Gov't and a school was built on the grounds for delinquent boys which opened in the late 1920's.
During WWII though, the gov't suddenly found itself in need of a place to house it's Prisoners of War, and so, the school became a POW Camp in 1941, which was known as Camp 30. Research regarding the area and camp indicates that this was one of the nicest camps given their fine menu, and the prisoner's ability to use the swimming, gym and theater facilities on the grounds. In fact, the camp was so lax that the prisoners were allowed to come and go of their own accord at times to swim down at the lake, or to cross country ski - all on their word on honor to the guards that they would return!
After the war ended, the grounds eventually reverted back to being used as a school, and the buildings were in use until 2008. Now abandoned, the buildings have fallen victim to a great deal of vandalism and even a fire over the years which have caused a great deal of perhaps irreparable damage to many areas. There was a plan to demo the buildings and build new housing on the property but the plan was canceled in 2013 when the area was declared a National Historic Site.
For more information on Camp 30 and is amazing history, check out the reference link below! The information provided is but a brief summation of the rich history of the location!