| NAME: NEWFOUNDOUT
CLIMATE: Snow in winter
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring summer or fall
REMAINS: The road to it is more a trail up the side of the mountain, impassable for passenger vehicles and a steep hike on foot. But once there log barns and cabins, and derelict vehicles can be seen.
| The Ottawa Valley has fewer ghost
towns than the Highlands and Queens Bush. Part of the reason is some have
found ways and means to survive, at least partially. But there are relics
of mines, mills, and lost colonies. The Black Donald Mountains at the southern
edge of the Ottawa Valley offer a spectacular and panoramic view. It was
there in 1856 a group of twelve settlers left the Opeongo Road and struggled
up the mountainside where they located their lots and began to clear the
land. They called their community Newfoundout in some of the most terrible
land ever opened for farming. The community failed to attract any schools
and churches. The children had to walk each day down the mountain trail
to the nearest school. By 1948 everyone had left and Newfoundout became
a totally ghosted settlement.