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Canadian National Railways

Lake Joseph, Ontario

Muskoka area

Mile 129.75 Bala Subdivision

All photographs July 1934 C.N.R./James A. Brown Collection

Lake Joseph station. Note the spotless grounds in all of these photographs.

Looking down to the dock with passenger train. Summer (late June until after Labour Day) local passenger trains from Toronto to Parry Sound operated daily except Sunday to serve various vacation places in the Muskoka area.
Lake Joseph was approximately 4 hours each way.

S.S. "Islander" steamboat of Muskoka Lakes Navigation and Hotel Co. (built 1900) provided local transportation on Lake Joseph to Bala, Port Carling etc. until 1952. It was one of the last boats in such service.

Launch and canoes at the dock.

Freight shed and station agent's office at dock. Note incline at left.

Storage shed at dock.

Incline elevator to connect dock and station is unfit for service. Flights of stairs are at far left.

Section men's house complete with outhouse! Typically this would for the section foreman and his family.

Water tank located on the dock spur. Ball indicates about half a tank of water.

Coal and oil house.


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