| NAME: PUKASKWA
CLIMATE: Snow in winter
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring summer or fall
| Hidden away in a small cove on
Lake Superior’s northeastern shore, Pukaskwa Depot is the most challenging
of Ontario’s ghost towns to reach. So rugged are the hills and shoreline
of Ontario’s Pukaskwa area even the railway builders avoided them.
But this was a logging area. The only way to send the logs to the mills
was to drive them down the rivers to Lake Superior and then boom them over
the perilous waters. By 1917 a small village was established in the protection
of Imogene Cove near the mouth of the Pukaskwa River. This was Pukaskwa
Depot. The village consisted of 23 buildings, including a doctor’s
office, and had a population of 400. The great depression of 1929 silenced
most of the logging companies and Pukaskwa Depot became a ghost town.