Recent Updates

Changes Made
June 11, 2024
  • Added 2023 images of Albemarle Street, Hughenden, Whicher's Store, the Women's Institute community hall and the former Colpoy's schoolhouse to relevant Colpoy's Bay pages.
September 9, 2023
  • Added new images of Frame's Falls and grist millstones to the Colpoy's Bay page "Frame's Falls and John Wood's Grist Mill." Also corrected numbering of Figures on the page and made minor edits to the text.
  • Revised bibliography page, in part to add "Flowers of Heaven: A Family's Story of Love and Loss on Colpoy's Bay" by Debbie Morrison. Made sure links in bibliography are still active.
August 27, 2023
  • Added 2023 image of view toward Kalbfleisch Dock from former site of Whicher's Mill and adjusted text on the Colpoy's Bay "Kalbfleisch Dock" page.
  • Removed links to postcard webring since the webring is now defunct.
August 20, 2023
  • Added 2023 image of Whicher's Mill flywheel and made other changes to reorganize and adjust the text for the Colpoy's Bay "Whicher's Sawmill" page.
June 20, 2023
  • Fixed zoomabile aerial images on "Colpoy's Bay from the Air" to use HTML 5 code rather than obsolete Flash script.
  • Various other minor updates to content.
September 5, 2022
  • Added updated (2022) images to Wiarton - Berford St. (parts 1, 2 and 3) pages
  • Added updated (2022) image of former Wiarton Echo building to "Wiarton's Newspapers" page
  • Added updated (2022) image of former St. Alban's Hotel to "Wiarton's Hotels" page
  • Added updated (2022) images of former Colpoy's Bay water flume and remains of Whicher Store electrical generator to Colpoy's Bay - "Frame's Falls and John Wood's Grist Mill" page (see link embedded in that page).
December 30, 2021
  • Updated page on Caframo/Wiarton Cement Factory to cover the demolition of the old Caframo warehouse/former cement factory powerhouse
March 7, 2021
  • Added photo of Canada Casket Company promotional material to page on Wiarton's Furniture Industry
December 29, 2020
  • Restored the Wiarton Timeline page using Timeline JS. The previous embedded application (Dipity) went bankrupt in 2016
October 6, 2020
  • Added new page on the Wiarton Gates (Gateway to the Bruce Peninsula).
June 1, 2020
  • Updated the Kalbfleisch House page in the Colpoys Bay section to reflect the family's sale of the home.
December 27, 2017
  • Updated bibliography to reflect references from page on Wiarton's sawmill industry.
August 20, 2017
  • Added new page on the rise and fall of Wiarton's sawmill industry.
January 30, 2017
  • Added additional context to video on GTR train station page.
January 5, 2017
  • Added first embedded video to the site. It shows a train travelling south from Wiarton to Hepworth (courtesy of Doug Gammie and his late father R.B. Gammie MD. You'll find it on the page about Wiarton's Grand Trunk Railway station.
January 4, 2017
  • Refreshed "Connecting Passages" links page, and added some new links.
January 2, 2017
  • Finished reviewing and updating any oudated text and links, as necessary, for Wiarton pages.
  • Added picture of town hall on fire in 1967, and new town hall in 1968.
  • Added picture of 2014 Wiarton Echo masthead.
  • Added 2015 picture of former Reckin Grist Mill in Wiarton.
December 31, 2016
  • Reviewed and updated any oudated text and links, as necessary, for most Wiarton pages.
  • Added picture of Heritage Heights Condomimiums in former Wiarton District High School building.
December 26, 2016
  • Reviewed and updated any oudated text and links, as necessary, for all Colpoy's Bay pages.
  • Added information on Colpoy's Bay Women's Insitute hall being up for sale for a short time in 2016.
  • Added 1886 picture of Whicher's Store.
  • Replaced link to "Parke House Bed & Breakfast" with a link to its current title, the "Quayside Landing Bed & Breakfast" - See Forest Home Hotel page in the Colpoy's Bay section of this website.
July 25, 2015
  • Update page on Wiarton Beet Sugar Factory with additional text and pictures to reflect the renovation of the Wiarton Windows building into a storage facility. This building still sits on the foundation of the old sugar factory.
July 28, 2013
  • Added a new page containing a timeline of Wiarton's history (see menu item on left-hand side of screen).
March 11, 2013
  • Made minor revisions to the text on the Spragge's Hill page (Colpoy's Bay).
March 9, 2013
  • Updated maps for Colpoy's Bay, and made minor revisions to introductory Colpoy's Bay text.
January 29, 2013
  • Added text and pictures on the Edgehill Cemetery landslide memorial (Colpoy's Bay).
December 31, 2012
  • Added 1893 photo of Siemon & Hill furniture factory.
January 9, 2012
  • Added photos and additional text on Wiarton's former private hospitals and nursing homes.
December 14, 2010
  • Added photo and additional text (re: bus depot constructed on former site of the Queen's Hotel) to Wiarton Hotels page.
September 27, 2010
  • Added photo of Wiarton Table Factory to Wiarton's Furniture Industry page.
September 7, 2010
  • Added link to Wiarton Echo Facebook page - Connecting Passages (Links) page.
September 6, 2010
  • Added two pictures of cornerstone laying - Wiarton Beet Sugar Factory page.
  • Added two pictures of the demolition of the Wiarton Furniture Factory - Wiarton Furniture Industry page.
February 17, 2010
  • Updated information and pictures on the establishment of the 1945 Wiarton hospital - "Wiarton's Hopital" page.
February 10, 2010
  • Updated information on the demolition of the Queen's Hotel - "Wiarton's Hotels" page.
February 6, 2010
  • Updated links to Great Lakes Vessels Index - Colpoy's Bay "Wrecks Near Whicher's Mill" page.
February 3, 2010
  • Clarified date that the Royal Bank moved to its current quarters in Wiarton - See page on Wiarton's Banks.
January 27, 2010
  • Updated and revised links on "Connecting Passages" page.
January 24, 2010
  • Added new photos and text on the conversion of Wiarton's former grist mill to a housing complex.
January 20, 2009
  • Added new photo and revised text for Pacific Hotel (Wiarton's Hotels).
  • Added two new photos of construction and new building on former site of Wiarton's Berford Theatre.
  • Added new photo of the former Union Bank building (Wiarton's Banks).
January 19, 2009
  • Added better photo of Wiarton chair factory.
  • Added photo and additional text on the burning down of Gilpin's planing mill (Wiarton's Furniture Industry).
January 3, 2009
  • Added page on Edgehill cemetery in Colpoy's Bay.
March 22, 2008
  • Added additional text about Colpoys Bay Church.
February 28, 2008
  • Added new image of the original Whicher's Sawmill in Colpoys Bay.
January 15, 2008
  • Added several images and considerable text concerning the demolition and redevelopment of Wiarton Public School and Wiarton District High School. Also added additional information on the new Peninsula Shores District School.
January 14, 2008
  • Added additional text on "Wiarton's Furniture Industry" page regarding Canada Casket Company and Siemon Bros. Flooring Factory.
  • Added additional text on "Wiarton's Hospital" page regarding early propositions of a Red Cross Hospital in Wiarton.
  • Added additional images and text on "Berford Street - Part 2".
December 10, 2007
  • Added text and photo on the demolition of the Colpoys Bay church.
October 12, 2007
  • Added text and photo on the opening of the Berford Theatre.
September 12, 2007
  • Added page on the Colpoy's Bay church.
September 9, 2007
  • Added text and a photo of Wiarton Flooring Factory/Gilpin's Planing Mill (See Wiarton's Furniture Industry page).
March 10, 2007
  • Added text and advertisement for the Irene Theatre in Wiarton (See Wiarton's Berford Theatre).
February 11, 2007
  • Updated title banners at the top of each page to more clearly show the text.
January 24, 2007
  • Modest revisions to text on early days of the Kalbfleisch House in Colpoy's Bay.
January 7, 2007
  • Significant additions to text on Wiarton's earliest hotels.
January 2, 2007
  • Added link to photos of three Ontario war memorials based on the same template as Wiarton's.
  • Added improved photos of Wiarton's schoolhouse.
October 18, 2006
  • Fixed broken links to additional information throughout the website.
October 6, 2006
  • Added new image of Berford St. looking south from the Arlington Hotel (Berford St. Part 2).
September 27, 2006
  • Added new page about Wiarton's Grist & Flour Mills.
September 14, 2006
  • Added new text and images regarding Wiarton's train station.
September 12, 2006
  • Added new text and images about the demolition of portions of the former Wiarton District High School.
August 13, 2006
  • Significant factual revisions and additions to the page on Wiarton's Grand Trunk Railway Station.
July 29, 2006
  • Revised text for Forest Home Hotel, Colpoy's Bay.
July 28, 2006
  • Revised text for Blue Water Beach page, and added picture of sandy beach.
  • Revised text on Wiarton District High School establishment.
July 17, 2006
  • Added additional facts on the startup of the Hill Chair Factory in Wiarton.
May 7, 2006
  • Revised Colpoy's Bay aerial page with new Zoomify software, so large images are now scrollable and zoomable, yet small in filesize.
  • Revised page on Wiarton cement plant with new images, including amazing rare image of the plant under construction.
April 15, 2006
April 21, 2006
  • Added stunning rare image of the Wiarton Sugar Beet Factory.
April 15, 2006
  • Updated information/photos regarding the future use of Wiarton's old public school and high school properties.
  • Added text/photos regarding two other hospitals built to the same specifications as Wiarton's original Red Cross hospital.
March 9, 2006
  • Added text/photo to page on Wiarton's Hotels noting that the facade of the Pacific Hotel was changed in December 2005 when two 2nd floor windows were replaced with one large one, ruining the symmetry of the building's architecture.
  • Added notice that the former lot of the Berford Theatre was sold in February 2006.
February 11, 2006
  • Extensive addition of text and photos to page on Wiarton's Berford Theatre.
January 25, 2006
  • Added image of new school to page on Wiarton's Schools.
  • Added new image to page on the Wiarton's Town Hall.
  • Added new text on the history of the E. S. Pease - Wrecks Near Whicher's Mill - Colpoy's Bay.
January 14, 2006
  • Added new page on the Forest Home Hotel (Colpoy's Bay).
  • Added new image/text to page on the Colpoy's Bay community hall.
December 13, 2005
  • Added new content and image on the history of the Berford Theatre in Wiarton.
December 7, 2005
  • Revised text on the construction of the brick (Berford St.) public school, and the apparent sale of the public school and the high school in November of 2005.
November 16, 2005
  • Added new text on the demolition of the Berford Theatre and the Town Hall bell residing at the new fire station from 1985 to 2005.
November 5, 2005
  • Added new image of proposed memorial to Wiarton's War Memorial page.
September 23, 2005
  • Added new images to Wiarton's Furniture Industry page.
September 17, 2005
  • Very significant changes (text and images) made to "Caframo Ltd. and Wiarton Cement Works" page.
  • Added new image of old Wiarton town hall burning down (see Wiarton's Town Hall page).
September 13, 2005
  • Added new page "About the Author".
August 31, 2005
  • Added additional information on the Canada Casket Company, the Hill Chair Co. and the Siemon Bros. Table Factory to the page on Wiarton's Furniture Industry.
August 17, 2005
  • Added information on ordering a reprinted copy of "Days of the `Mud Hen' and Other Memories of Colpoy’s Bay Village, Ontario" to the Bibliograpy page.
  • Added latest information on Friends of Wiarton's Historic School (mainly regarding the public "town-hall" meeting on August 25, 2005) to the page on Wiarton's Schools.
August 16, 2005
  • Added additional information on the former site of the Ely House/Commercial Hotel to page on Wiarton's hotels.
August 15, 2005
  • Added image of The Encore newspaper masthead to page on Wiarton's newspapers.
  • Added image of a Wonderland Theatre (later the Berford) advertisement to page on Wiarton's Berford Theatre.
  • Added image of a Siemon & Hill furniture factory advertisement to page on Wiarton's Furniture Industry.
August 11, 2005
  • Added a new page on Wiarton's newspapers.
August 2, 2005
  • Added more detail on the various uses of the former Queen's Hotel site in Wiarton.
  • Added a link to a new image of 1949 construction on the former site of the Queen's Hotel, Wiarton.
August 1, 2005
  • Added new image of restored Wiarton town bell.
July 6, 2005
  • Added new image of Wiarton Sugar Beet Factory ruins (1918).
May 18, 2005
  • Postcards From the Bay moved (unexpectedly) to a new address. Starting today, has been replaced by
May 8, 2005
  • Added new details on the funding drive by the Friends of Wiarton's Historic School to restore and redevelop the original Wiarton District High School.
March 24, 2005
  • New evidence has come to light suggesting that the present-day building I had denoted as the original 1879 Wiarton Woolen Mills is indeed not. This building is nowhere to be seen in 1939 and 1952 aerial photographs. It has also been suggested to me that it is an old barn that may have been moved to its current position and altered in appearance sometime since the late 1960s. I will continue to try and ascertain when the original mill structure was demolished and to identify the true origins of the building I had mislabeled. Any additional information will be added to the Wiarton Woolen Mills page.
March 22, 2005
  • Significant additions to the page on Wiarton's Furniture Industry.
March 20, 2005
  • Designed a new introductory page for the website.
  • Revised the Colpoy's Bay introductory page.
  • Added maps of Colpoy's Bay and Wiarton to the menu.
March 9, 2005
  • Significant expansion of text on two pages: Wiarton Fish Hatchery, Wiarton's Berford Theatre.
February 27, 2005
  • Added a new page on Wiarton's Town Hall.
February 4, 2005
  • Added two new pages to the Wiarton section, one on the hospital and the other on the war memorial.
December 31, 2004
  • Added new image of Wiarton fish house from about 2000, shortly before its demolition.
December 7, 2004
  • Updated details on the wreck Edward S. Pease near Whicher's Sawmill. See page entitled "The Wrecks Near Whicher's Mill."
November 24, 2004
  • Added a bibliography of information sources used in writing this website (see menu at left).
November 8, 2004
  • Added a new (large) page on Wiarton's Furniture Industry.
November 2, 2004
  • Added a new page on the Wiarton Woolen Mills.
October 26, 2004
  • Added a new link to a walking tour of Wiarton (hosted on the South Bruce Peninsula website).
October 25, 2004
  • Added a new image of the Wiarton rock cut.
  • Added some additional info on the Beet Sugar Factory and the Ely Hotel.
  • Updated the Town Hall popup with a much improved image of the Town Hall on fire.
October 22, 2004
  • Added page on the Colpoy's Bay Schoolhouse.
  • Added some additional info on Colpoy's Bay's first community hall.
October 7, 2004
  • Added 1899 image of the old Town Hall (then known as Robinson Hall) - see link on Berford St. Part 3.
  • Updated references to images from the Wiarton Souvenir to reflect accurate date (1899).
September 30, 2004
  • Added additional info on the establishment of Caframo Ltd. in 1954 (see Wiarton Cement Works/Caframo page)
September 12, 2004
  • Added site map as a secondary navigation tool so that any viewers for which the regular java menu doesn't work can still navigate the site.
  • Added page on Wiarton's Berford Theatre.
September 8, 2004
  • Added new page on the Wiarton Fish Hatchery.
  • Added a new image and some additional text on the Wiarton Fish House.
September 5, 2004
  • Reduced file size of all images to improve website loading time.
  • Added many new images and additional text to several pages of the site: Colpoy's Bay - Frame's Falls; Wiarton - Wiarton's Hotels, Wiarton's Schools, Wiarton Beet Sugar Factory, Wiarton Fish House, Wiarton Berford Street (Pages 1 and 3) and Wiarton Railway Station.
  • Watch for new pages on the Wiarton Fish Hatchery and Wiarton's Berford Theatre in the days to come.
July 31, 2004
  • Added a new page "The Wiarton Fish House" to the Wiarton section
July 29, 2004
  • Added additional details on the history of the beach in Bluewater Park
July 28, 2004
  • Added new link to the South Bruce Peninsular website (a wide-ranging community site for the Town of South Bruce Peninsula) on the "Connecting Passages" link page
July 25, 2004
  • Added additional info on Wood's grist mill and John Wood's death to "Frames Falls" page
July 22, 2004
  • Replaced photos on Bluewater Park page, Wiarton Cement Works/Caframo Ltd. page, Kalbfleisch Marina page
  • Added a photo to Grand Trunk Railway page
July 1, 2004
  • Added some additional facts to "The Wrecks Near Whicher's Mill"
June 25, 2004
  • To celebrate the Town of Wiarton's 125th anniversary and the 4th anniversary of this website, I introduce the first general design overhaul of "Postcards from the Bay"
  • Added new views from Arlington Hotel to "Berford St. - Part 2"
  • Removed old Wiarton page "A View From the Hill" due to overlap with content in Berford St. Part 1
  • Various small corrections to site content
June 13, 2004
  • Added link on each page to return to home page
  • Fixed broken links to lot map on Colpoy's Bay pages
May 23, 2004
  • Added computer image of Wiarton's new school (currently under construction)
  • Added information on drive to preserve Wiarton's old stone high school
  • Updated info on Wiarton hotels, including Arlington
  • Added information to "The Kalbfleisch House" page regarding the fate of Mr. Thomas Galbraith, original owner of the house
April 21, 2004
  • Added new photo of Wiarton train station
April 14, 2004
  • Added and replaced several photos in Wiarton pages
  • Added image to Kalbfleisch Marina page
March 30, 2004
  • New postcard image added to page 3 on Berford Street
March 21, 2004
  • Significant reorganization, revisions and additions to the first three Wiarton pages (covering Berford Street)
March 8, 2004
  • Added new details and photos to "Kalbfleisch Dock" page
March 6, 2004
  • Added new details and dates for Wiarton's Hotels
February 24, 2004
  • Added new picture of Sugar Beet Factory ruins
February 14, 2004
  • Added aerial views to Wiarton Page 12 (Grand Trunk Railway Station)
February 10, 2004
  • Updated info on Wiarton Page 5 (Bluewater Beach)
  • Various small updates to Wiarton pages
February 2, 2004
  • Updated info on two Wiarton pages (Grand Trunk Railway Station and Beet Sugar Factory)
February 1, 2004
  • Added new page (Wiarton 12) "The Grand Trunk Railway Station"
  • Added more info to pages on Wiarton sugar beet factory and Wiarton schools
January 25, 2004
  • Added new page (Wiarton 11) "Wiarton's Banks"
January 24, 2004
  • Added new page (Wiarton 10) "Wiarton's Schools"
  • Added link to Wiarton main page to return to site homepage
January 22, 2004
  • Added new page (Wiarton 9) "Wiarton's Hotels"
January 17, 2004
  • Added new page (Wiarton 8) "Wiarton Beet Sugar Factory"
  • Updated info on scows in Kalbfleisch Marina
  • Switched the page numbering position of Glimpse of the Past and Colpoy's Bay Village From the Air
January 10, 2004
  • Added new page "Colpoy's Bay Village From the Air"
  • Updated info on the Lothair and Edward S. Pease (see The Wrecks Near Whicher's Mill)
January 5, 2004
  • Added new page to Colpoy's Bay section on the wrecks near Whicher's Mill
January 4, 2004
  • Replaced current photo and logo of Caframo Ltd. and added link to official website
  • Added divider in menu to make Wiarton section more distinct
January 3, 2004
  • Updated Wiarton Cement Works page with new aerial photo from 1950 and further descriptions of the plant layout
January 1, 2004
  • Added new decorative logos and links to the site
  • Added decorative introductory paragraph to Wiarton section
  • Added quick link logos to get to Colpoy's and Wiarton Intro pages
  • Added new Wiarton decorative header
December 30, 2003
  • Added redirect to new site at
  • Fixed broken links to South Bruce Peninsula Community Profiles
  • Fixed broken link to Colpoy's Bay maps
  • Fixed errant directional reference in the caption to Figure W1
  • Changed background colour of this table
December 25, 2003
  • Added new links to the Owen Sound Regional Airport and the Billy Bishop Flying Club (including excellent aerial photos of Colpoy's Bay village and Wiarton)
  • Added a new link to Updates page to return to Introductory page.
November 25, 2003
  • Moved most of the site to to avoid the bandwidth limit at (entrance to the site is still through Brinkster)
July 11, 2003
  • added new page "Caframo Ltd./Wiarton Cement Works -- Wiarton Page 7"
  • fixed links to history books as referred to in Colpoy's Bay  Introduction
  • updated email address used on Wiarton pages
Mar. 30, 2003
  • fixed broken links to pop-up map on Colpoy's pages 6, 7 and 10
 Jan. 12, 2003
  •  redesigned entire site to use a menu frame to make html code and updates more efficient
  • corrected some more spacing errors
  • added a link page
Sept. 10, 2002
  • fixed spacing errors and broken links to book references on the introductory page
  • fixed counters on introductory page
Sept. 15, 2001
  • expanded/clarified  text and updated justification of images on all Wiarton pages
  • updated or added additional images and text to Wiarton Pages 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6.
  • added an additional photo and text  to Colpoy's Bay page 6
Sept. 14, 2001
  • expanded/clarified  text on Colpoy's Bay pages
  • added a new picture of Frame's Falls to Page 6
  • added recent views of Albemarle St. to Page 7
Nov. 3, 2000
  • made a few grammatical/accuracy corrections to Colpoy's pages 
Nov. 2, 2000
  • added two new pages of Wiarton postcards including several views of the harbour and shoreline, plus some views looking south down Berford Street from the north end of Wiarton 
  • added a new image of view looking west from the Wiarton wharf 
  • minor text changes to previous Wiarton pages 
Oct. 31, 2000
  • added this "Recent Updates" page 
Oct. 30, 2000
  • reorganized page order to improve flow of text 
  • added two new pages:  Albemarle St. and The Community Hall 
  • added section on Wood's Mill 
  • improved text on many pages including a somewhat philosophical tie-up on "Glimpses of the Past" 
  • Decreased the size of some images for better viewing at 800x600 resolution 
  • added pop-up window with an 1870 lot map for Colpoy's Bay village and a table pointing out the locations of various properties 
Oct. 27, 2000
  • added comparative 1926 and 2000 photo of Whicher's store and Albemarle St. 

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