Thursday Doors – Limehouse Conservation Area


thanks to Dan of No Facilities for hosting Thursday Doors, https://nofacilities.com/2021/02/04/author-author-thursday-doors/

On Wednesday my husband and I got in the car and headed north west to Halton Hills and the Limestone Conservation Area. The conservation area is an extension of the Niagara Escarpment and three trails run through it. One of the trails is the Bruce Trail. The highlight for us were the Lime Kilns that once produced limestone blocks in the 1800s and ceased production in 1917.

This time of year the trails are not maintained and can be somewhat treacherous because of the ice. This was especially true near the stone arch bridge. A new bridge has been built parallel to it but the steps were very icy and it took me quite some time to safely navigate this slippery slope. I thought that the barrel style structures were a different style of kiln but after doing some research I discovered that these building were the powder houses where the explosives, used to blast out the limestone, were stored. Black Creek is the waterway that surges under the bridge and with the snow and ice I found the setting very picturesque.

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In the town of Limehouse sits an old church which is now the Limehouse Memorial Centre. Limehouse was first settled in 1820. By the 1840’s limestone quarrying and “burning” of limestone in kilns to make lime, had begun. The Grand Trunk Railway built its line through Limehouse in 1856 which required 200 workers and their families to settle in the area.(from Wikipedia)

Today about 800 people live in Limehouse. There are several farms in the area where racing horses and wild boar are raised.

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9 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – Limehouse Conservation Area

  1. My husband’s father emigrated to Michigan from the Owen Sound area – where he was born and raised. We have camped in Owen Sound many times over the years so have seen where the Niagara Escarpment goes through. Does the Bruce Trail go into the Bruce Peninsula? Is this limestone area close to Owen Sound?

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    • The Bruce Trail ends in the Bruce Peninsula. Limehouse is approximately one hour north of Toronto and it’s probably another hour and a half to Owen Sound. I’m hoping some day to get all the way to Tobermory which is where the Bruce Trail ends at the upper most tip of the Bruce Peninsula.

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      • If you get there, take the ferry to Manitoulin Island. We really enjoyed our time there – although there isn’t much tourist amenities. We camped.

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      • Our cottage is on Georgian Bay on Christian Island. There’s only one lighthouse point about 14 miles north of us and beyond that only water until you get to Manitoulin Island. If you look on a map you can see that it would be quite the drive to get to Tobermory from our cottage but someday when we’re not at the cottage in the summer I’d like to make that trip.

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