February 2014

Photographer: Alex MacLean

Photo: village of Temagami, c. 1955 

The village of Temagami (looking north) in its 1950s heyday. The Ontario Northland Boat Lines terminal is at the far left. The Petro-Canada station sits there today. The Minawassi Hotel (large building in the trees) is behind. In the far-right background is the train station with the old coal tower.

As this period pre-dated both the Mine Road (Lake Temagami Access Road today) and widespread motorboat ownership, the boat lines were the primary means for travel up the lake. So the village had large numbers of autos parked in it during the summer.

Alex MacLean of Haileybury, widely regarded as the dean of northern Ontario photographers, loved Temagami. Many of his photos survive as postcards, like this one, that chronicle the golden tourism age from 1910 until his death in 1959.

c. 1955. Photo courtesy of Stevens family collection.

More photos by MacLean.

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