| NAME: MOWAT
CLIMATE: Snow in winter
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring summer or fall
REMAINS: Many vestiges remain from the days when Mowat thrived as a mill village.
| As a mill town, Mowat was a late starter. It
began to attract residents in 1897 on the northwestern shore of Canoe Lake
in western Algonquin Park. Mowat was a lumberman’s town that included
all the usual stores and businesses of the early mill villages including
a hospital for a town that grew to a population of more than 500, the largest
town in the Park. When the school opened in 1898 it listed 30 pupils in
attendance. Unexpectedly, the lumber industry entered a recession and the
population dwindled to just over 200. By 1914 it was down to 150. The community
continued to decline and in 1946 the school closed having only 6 pupils.
Soon the trains stopped running and Mowat became a ghost town of its former