|"Str." is short for steamer. Image courtesy the Sturgeon Point History Project|
where today we find a charming structure, the Rain Shelter, looking like a diminutive railway station...
|Upper Wharf Rain Shelter, a designated property, in 2016|
|A grand Lake Avenue cottage of the Edwardian era|
|An even grander one|
|A Victorian era cottage, with renovations to the verandah|
|A more modest Edwardian cottage|
and steep stairways down the bluff to the water's edge...
|Winter has its advantages when photographing boathouses|
The smaller lots on the streets running back from Lake Avenue have humbler cottages, including this little gem.
On my walk around the village I'd have liked a companion knowledgeable about Ontario resort architecture (like my friend Liz Lundell, author of Old Muskoka: Century Cottages and Summer Estates). I'd have asked about similarities in these three cottages.
|The century-old Union Church, also a designated property|
|The church interior, with its single central pillar|
|Typical side street, Sturgeon Point|
|A narrower (unplowed) stretch of Lake Avenue, with old streetlight|
With relatively few unsympathetic intrusions, Sturgeon Point survives as a rare and marvellous cultural heritage landscape. Let's come back in summer!
Heritage Week marks the first anniversary of OHA+M. Thirty posts and counting! Thanks for your support.
Note 1: Sturgeon Point did something interesting at the time of amalgamation.