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Tags:   Barrie Ontario Canada 65 Lakeshore Drive Kempenfelt Bay Simcoe County

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The Ontario, Simcoe and Huron Union Railroad (OS&HURR) first built a station here in 1853. The current structure, the fourth station building on the site, was designed by the architectural firm Spier and Rohns, built in 1904 by Richard Scruton, and opened by then-operator Grand Trunk Railway on 19 June 1905. The station provided passenger service for the Grand Trunk and later the Canadian National Railway and Via Rail until closing in 1980. It briefly reopened as a GO passenger facility from 1990 to 1993. In 1996 the CNR lifted rails between Allandale and Longford.

Tags:   Allandale Train Station 65 Lakeshore Drive Barrie Ontario Canada Top 150 Unusual Things to See in Ontario Ontario, Simcoe and Huron Union Railroad OS&HURR Grand Trunk Railway

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The Spirit Catcher (also called Dream Catcher) is a sculpture situated on the shore of Kempenfelt Bay in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. It was originally created by sculptor Ron Baird for the Expo 86 in Vancouver.

Nine sculptors were asked to submit proposals for Expo 86, and two were chosen to be commissioned. The sculpture took six months to sculpt using COR-TEN steel; this alloy develops a non-corrosive oxide and retains its structural integrity.

After the end of the exposition, the sculpture was purchased by the Helen McCrea Peacock Foundation in Toronto for CAD $230,000. The foundation then donated the sculpture to the 'Barrie Gallery Project' as an inspiration to create an art gallery in the city of Barrie, Ontario, Canada. The twenty ton, 25 m (70 ft) wide by 21 m (65 ft) tall sculpture was transported to Barrie using two flatbed trucks, and was installed by volunteers and two cranes. It took two days during the weekend of 12 June and 13 June 1987, and was dedicated on 12 September 1987.

The sculpture has 16 kinetic quills, which rock back and forth when the wind blows. Several months after it was erected on the site in Barrie, the unpredictable winds coming onshore from Kempenfelt Bay caused concern that the quills might fall off. The quills were redesigned by the artist with the assistance of Mike Davies, the recently retired vice president of advanced engineering at de Havilland aircraft.

The sculpture is a focal point on the Barrie waterfront, and serves as both a meeting place and navigational aid to travellers and citizens of the city alike. The installation of the sculpture initiated a drive to place numerous pieces of art around the city which continues to this day.

Tags:   Spirit Catcher Barrie Ontario Canada 15 Lakeshore Drive Sculpture Dream Catcher Level 1-Photography for Recreation

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In the early 1890's a hotel was built a short walk from the Allandale Railway Station. The YMCA moved into this location in 1907 and provided overnight accommodation for rail workers. Instead of heading to a number of nearby pubs the workers could now read or form bible study groups. At least that was the hope of the YMCA governors. By the 1950's demand for lodging diminished and it was closed. It is rumoured that it then became a "Gentlemen's Club". The Farmhouse Restaurant is the latest of three restaurants that opened in the old Allandale YMCA.

Tags:   Farmhouse Restaurant 268 Bradford Street Barrie Ontario Canada Level-1:Peace Awards


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