13
Jan
09

Day 103 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Town of Marmora and Lake

After leaving Peterborough, we drove along highway 7 until we reached the quaint little town of Marmora. This cute little municipality is part of Hastings County and located in central southern Ontario. It is surrounded by water from Crowe River, Crowe Lake and Beaver Creek. There was an Iron Mine functioning here since 1820, and the village was originally named Marmora Iron Works. A nearby plant still processes talc and dolomite.

Marmora was separated from Marmora and Lake Township and incorporated as a village in 1901. The new Township took its name from the Latin word for ‘marble‘ because of an ‘immense rock of most delicate white marble’. This giant rock stood on the southeast corner of Crowe Lake. The Lake took its name from the Crowe Indians that lived along the shore.

Marmora Township was opened for sale in 1821, but there was little settlement outside of the newly created mining village. Although mining and lumbering have been vital to the Township, agriculture has probably supported more people in the area since 1850. A remaining legacy of iron mining is the Marmora Open Pit Mine, a man-made wonder-lake, seventy five acres in area, six hundred and thirty five feet deep, filled with four hundred feet deep of clear blue spring water that is steadily rising to the top. We didn’t get a chance to check out this huge skating rink yet.

Marmora was re-amalgamated with the surrounding townships of Marmora and Lake in 2001 to form a newly expanded Municipality of Marmora and Lake. It is also famous because it is said that Apparition of Mother Mary with Child Jesus took place here, in the 1990s. It is really a quaint little place, and as scenic as it is in the winter, it would be gorgeous in the summer. Too bad we won’t be around for the Snofest Sled Dog Races and the Marmora Cup  at the end of the month-you should check them out if you’re in the area.

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winter-in-marmora

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mr-plow-in-marmora

Canada Flags of the Day – This town has so many Canadian flags (more than any we’ve seen so far), it was hard to choose just one! 

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