Media Advisory - Provincial plaque commemorates Huntsville and Lake of Bays Railway Company

    TORONTO, Aug. 16 /CNW/ -

    Date:               Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 2 p.m.
    Location:           The unveiling will occur at South Portage Dock
                        Dwight, Ontario
    Directions:         From Highway 11 North, take the Highway 60 exit at
                        Huntsville towards Algonquin Park. Travel on
                        Highway 60 approximately 15 km to South Portage Road,
                        Muskoka Road 9. Follow South Portage Road to the
                        Public Dock. The ceremony will be followed at 4 p.m.
                        by free rides on the Portage Flyer Steam Train in
    Photo opportunity:  Unveiling of a provincial plaque
    Contact:            Gordon Pim
                        Marketing and Communications Coordinator
                        Telephone: 416-325-1484

    Join the Ontario Heritage Trust and the Township of Lake of Bays on
Tuesday, August 21 in the town of Dwight as we unveil a provincial plaque to
commemorate the Huntsville and Lake of Bays Railway Company - once known as
the "smallest commercially operated railway in the world."
    Over the years, northern Ontario has attracted settlers and tourists
alike. This awe-inspiring landscape, however, made settlement and
transportation a challenge. Although rail travel and canals were often
effective in connecting remote and rugged regions, challenges still existed -
for example, the 1.8-km stretch between Peninsula Lake and Lake of Bays. This
challenge was finally overcome when the Huntsville and Lake of Bays Railway
Company track was completed in 1905. For the next 55 years, this narrow-gauge
railway provided essential links for both commerce and tourism in North
    By the 1980s, after the railway had long been dismantled and the
locomotives relocated to St. Thomas, a local movement to bring back the
railway gained momentum. Today, the Huntsville and Lake of Bays Railway
Society owns and operates the railway in conjunction with the Town of
Huntsville's Muskoka Heritage Place. Thanks to the efforts of these dedicated
local residents, ex-railway employees and rail enthusiasts, the restored
railway and Muskoka Heritage Place celebrate the rich history of settlement
and tourism in Muskoka and welcome thousands of visitors each year.

    The Ontario Heritage Trust's Provincial Plaque Program commemorates
significant people, places and events in Ontario's history. Since 1953, over
1,200 provincial plaques have been unveiled.

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For further information:

For further information: Gordon Pim, Marketing and Communications
Coordinator, Telephone: (416) 325-1484, E-mail:

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