It’s Wayback Wednesday: Brendale Square past, present, and future


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!

Brendale Square has seen a lot of changes over the years. It was once a bustling commercial centre. Now, it’s little more than a parking lot.

Do you recall when and why this crowd was gathered outside the A & P? Do you remember shopping there in decades past? What would you like it to become in the future? Share your memories and thoughts in the comments below.

Scroll down to see comments from last week’s photo.

Wayback Wednesday is sponsored by Cavalcade Color Lab

Here are a few memories invoked by last week’s photo from the early days at Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area:
I had the pleasure of working with Floyd Bartlett for most of my years at Hidden Valley. Floyd worked at Hidden Valley from day one. Floyd was a hard working man, always had a sense of humor and a team player. It was his T-Bar. He had little education but a brilliant man in his own right. He was a “get’er done” guy, always remembered. ~Ken Farnsworth
I met my love /wife on that T-bar. ~Lane Verzyden via Facebook
T-bar 1963


  1. I do think I recall they use to hold religious services in the A&P Parking Lot. I’m not certain what faith it might have been. This would have taken place in the 60’s.

    • Dawn Huddlestone on

      You are correct, Bryan. This was a Bethel Pentecostal Tabernacle service led by Reverend James Laing, year unknown.

  2. John Rivière-Anderson on

    Let’s consider redesigning Brendale Square as Muskoka’s largest and most dynamic market. Timber-framed and covered, partially open-air, with surrounding growing season stalls like the hugely successful Atwater Market in Montreal, what a happy meeting place year ’round for commerce, trees, fountains, citizens and visitors!

  3. Sandy McLennan on

    Well done to park so closely together (more than one pair of vehicles in this photo). I don’t know that practice. Why and how did this start and, evidently, end?

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