Then & Now - The Blule Mountains
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The Town of the Blue Mountains was formed in 2001 with the amalgamation of the Township of Collingwood and the Town of Thornbury. Communities in the municipality include Thornbury, Banks, Camperdown, Castle Glen Estates, Christie Beach, Clarksburg, Craigleith, Duncan, Gibraltar, Heathcote, Kolapore, Little Germany, Loree, Ravenna, Red Wing, Slabtown, and Victoria Corners.

  • Then And Now - The Blue Mountains Historical Repository



A collection of historical photographs, scanned from the personal collections of members of the community.

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Library History

History of libraries in the area, from the Thornbury Mechanics' Institute to the Leonard E. Shore Memorial Library.

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View our collection of historical maps of the area.

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Ravenna - 2016

Robert Buchanan

Robert Buchanan tells us about his great grandmother, Mary Buchanan (Mrs. Walter Buchanan). Farmer, poet and women's rights leader Mrs. Buchanan was a determined hard worker who shared her practices and creativity through her actions and writing. Mrs. Buchanan's book "Country Breeze from Breezy Brae" is available for seeing at the Craigleith Heritage Depot. 

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Thornbury - 2016

Ski Racing and Art with Shelagh Fox

Shelagh Fox, renowned artist, ex-ski racer, and Thornbury local shares with us a defining moment in her ski racing racer and when her art became her career. 

The granddaughter of two iconic athletes, Hugh Fox and Red Horner, Fox has always felt infused with passion, work ethic, and determination that has helped her in her pursuit of excellence. Her paternal grandfather Hugh Fox, was the quarterback for the Toronto Argonauts, played hockey for Team Canada, and is in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Fox’s maternal grandfather, Red Horner (George Reginald Horner), played for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1928 to 1940, was Captain from 1938-40, and held the most penalties in the NHL for 13 years in a row. 

Listen as she shares the story of a pinnacle moment in her life. 

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Craigleith - 2016

Mrs. Gibson and the Craigleith Station

Mrs. Helen Speck Gibson, visiting the Craigleith Heritage Depot, August 13th 2016 to relive her birth place. Mrs. Gibson was born in the Craigleith Station February 23, 1922. Her father, Alan Speck was the station master. Here is her interview, accompanied by her son Douglas Gibson. Interviewer is Robert Buchanan.

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