Grey Highlands, Ontario

Donna's Place

Wishing you always...
Walls for the wind, A roof for the rain And tea beside the fire. Laughter to cheer you, Those you love near you, And all that your heart may desire


Wherever you go and whatever you do, May the luck of the Irish be there with you.

Top O' The Rock Eugenia

May your day be touched by a bit of Irish luck, brightened by a song in your heart, and warmed by the smiles of the people you love.


May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

georgian explorerThe Georgian Bay Explorer - A New Town for Georgian Bay

ln 1905, the Canadian Pacific Railway chose Port McNicoll to be its new Georgian Bay port. Named after David McNicoll, a vice-president of the CPR, Port McNicoll replaced the terminal at Owen Sound where the steep grade of the rail line prevented the company from running trains longer than 40 cars into town. The new port, located on Maple lsland in Severn Sound, made it possible for the CPR to haul twice as many freight cars to Georgian Bay with the same number of steam engines. But first, a new town had to be put in place. Once where there was only swamp, the CPR began to build what would turn into an engineering marvel that would give work to a community of 1,000. Two concrete piers, 3,000 and 3,600 feet long lay at the end of a channel that was created by dredging 3,000,000 cubic yards of mud. Freight sheds as long as two city blocks were constructed and a new station house went up. There was a roundhouse for turning train engines and rows of traditional, red-painted company houses. The centerpiece of the new port was a massive grain elevator. Work began in May, 1909 and when the building handled it first shipment in the fall of 1910, it was able to hold over two million bushels of grain. ln 1913 and again in 1926, additional grain bins were built until, with a capacity of seven million bushels, the Port McNicoll facility was the second largest grain elevator in the world. After the construction of a long railway trestle that allowed steam engines to make their way over the surrounding wetlands, Port McNicoll was ready. A new "Chicago of the North" was open for business.