It’s Wayback Wednesday: Traffic jam



Welcome to Wayback Wednesday sponsored by Cavalcade Color Lab! Every week, we’ll be sharing a vintage photo and asking our readers to chime in with anything you can recall about the photo, other related memories, or even a funny caption. Have some vintage photos of your own? Send them to [email protected] and we may share them with our readers!

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The beautiful fall colours attract hundreds of people to Muskoka and Algonquin Park to take in the splendour, sometimes causing long lines of traffic. But congestion is nothing new on summer and fall weekends—this photo was taken on the Civic Holiday weekend decades ago. Can you guess the year and the location?

Photo courtesy of the Muskoka Heritage Place Collection

Wayback Wednesday is sponsored by Cavalcade Color Lab


Last week we shared this photo with you:

This photo was shared with us by Doppler reader Tim Wilgress. Fred Francis, pictured front row, centre, in the above photo with members of his family in front of Francis House, was Huntsville’s first constable. According to Huntsville: With Spirit and Resolve by Susan Pryke, Francis received between $10-15 per year for that role.

Also in the photo is Fred’s daughter, Annie Wilgress (back row, left, in the black dress). Annie was the wife of George S. Wilgress whose law office was built down the hill from Francis House, adjacent to the swing bridge. In more recent years it has served as The Bookcase book store and Café Wilgress.

Tim is Fred’s great-great-grandson and Annie’s great-grandson. Thanks for sharing this photo, Tim!

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  1. The location is what we now know as Hwy 60 and Muskoka Rd 3, looking approx. NNE.
    Soon, on the left would be Tink’s Bait shop, back further on the left (out of the picture) were rental cottages, up the hill and left will be the current hospital, the store behind the sign post was a small store (owner – Vern Oke ?? ) but I remember it as a Fish & Chip take out – that same building many years later was lifted and moved east down Hwy 60 toward Grandview but on the north side of the road. To the right (off the picture) was Rumballs Farm – they produced milk (at least that’s what my Mom tells me)
    The year … approx. 1952 (just a guess) …and I’m not that old :-))

    • This picture brings back a lot of memories. The place on the far left was my grandfathers (Ed Green ) in the 1960s and 70s until it and the place out of sight to the left and slightly behind (Wollman’s I believe) gave way to the law office building. The house that sits above it was owned by Aubrie Brant until it was replaced by the professional building that stands there today.
      The first building on the right was ,in my teens, the Satellite Restaurant that sold amazing burgers and was replaced by Shoppers Drugmart and now houses the Great Canadian Dollar Store and beside it the Tim Hortons
      The Tinks Bait Shop stood in the middle of what is now the highway 60 intersection before the extension was built to connect to highway 11 (out of sight to the left)
      That building was moved north on muskoka rd 3 were it stands beside the entrance to Huntsville Aggregates pit. I can remember sitting in class at school watching as it made it’s way to it’s new home.
      How times have changed !

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