| NAME: ORMSBY
CLIMATE: Snow in winter
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring summer or fall
REMAINS: Most of the remaining structures have been saved.
| Located in Ontario’s central highlands,
Ormsby remains the most intact of the many villages along the Hastings road.
Enticed by the lure of free land, settlers were unaware of just how harsh
the land really was. As long as the settlers lived there and continued to
need hotels, mills, churches and stores, these communities thrived. Soon,
however, the dreadful conditions chased most of the settlers to the more
promising prairies. In its heyday, Ormsby contained two hotels, two stores,
two churches, a school, a blacksmith, a sawmill and other small businesses.
In 1893, its population was 225.