Day 110 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Deseronto, Ontario

Deseronto’s downtown is quite eye-catching. There are a number of older buildings painted up nicely, as well as some old-fashioned murals and old signage on brick walls that remind you of days gone by. Deseronto is located on the Bay of Quinte, and there were a number of people out ice-fishing while we parked by the water.

In 1881 the village was renamed Deseronto in honour of Captain John Deserontyon. In April of that year, an American journal, The Lumber World, noted that:

Were Deseronto, and its location, in the United States, it would achieve fame as a summer resort: as it is, it has become a hive of industry, and it is questionable whether we in this country have any place of like size to compare with it.

Deseronto was incorporated as a Town in 1889. By the 1890s it was home to 4,000 people, many of whom worked in the Rathbun Company’s concerns, which included a sash and door factory, shipyard, railway car works, terra cotta factory, flour mill, gas works and chemical works. Although the population of Deseronto has declined, it is improving and on the rise again (according to a local).

The town website explains that Main Street and St. George Street were thriving shopping centres in the late nineteenth century, boasting bakeries, drugstores, hardware stores and busy hotels. A number of churches were built in the town during this period. Naylor’s theatre put on a wide range of plays, musical performances and other events and could hold an audience of up to 550 people. The theatre still exists and a program is currently under way to renovate the property.

Town Hall


The Legion


Definitely the most impressive building in Deseronto: the Post Office is a classic built in 1910





Many of the Downtown building have old hand painted signs.


Naylor’s Theatre


Many independent businesses line the street.


Hudson’s Mill adds to the historic character of Deseronto.


The Fire Hall has had to fight a few fires in its day.


Walking Home From Work


Walking the dog in minus 14 in a housecoat!


Jogging in minus 14 with no toque or winter coat?


This paperboy holds up the weekly paper in the area; the front page story is about the tragic death of a boy he knew from the neighboring town of Belleville. Tyler Little, just 15 years young died on Friday at a local hang out area in the woods after a fight with another student. You can see in his face his sadness.


Kids playing on snow hill in the liquor store parking lot.


Sunset Over the Bay of Quinte


Faces Of The Day


Flag Of The Day



5 Responses to “Day 110 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Deseronto, Ontario”

  1. 1 Matthijs Meijers
    July 25, 2009 at 3:58 pm


    By surfing around I found your beautiful (and good!) pictures. Having been in Canada just once, I’ve always longed to go back. Looking at your photo’s is a bit like a walk down memory lane.
    You have a good eye, I’m going to search for more photo’s, there must be a few.


    Matthijs Meijers

  2. September 22, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Hey, The picture of the kids playign in the snow bank , they are my friends from school. they were at the Lcbo and they were playing on the great big snow bank.

    They got kicked off the property becuase the kid in the fox hat took a pee on the property.

  3. April 27, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Thank you for the experience.
    Love your photographic eye.
    I was in Deseronto today, and seems my quick tour missed quite a bit.
    The videos where fun too!

  4. August 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Hello I will come over next september from Holland, I love Deseronto so much and special the legion My wife and me come over now for 30 times , We have many friends in Deseronto Special Edie Sharpe See you in September 2011 Gr Jaap And Bep Holland

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