Craigleith is a small enclave of homes along the shore of Georgian Bay. Craigleith Railway Station is now a Museum marking the long history of the area. The train station brought people to the area from 1872-1984, in 1989 the railway line was replaced by the Georgian Trail which runs 34km from Collingwood to Meaford and in the spring by the Craigleith Railway station the trail is surrounded by a tunnel of millions of lilacs. Craigleith is also home to Craigleith Provincial Park right on the water, along with Northwinds Beach.
The homes in Craigleith are custom waterfront homes, and custom chalets nestled in the trees just a short walk to the lake and a quick drive to Blue Mountain Resort and the private ski clubs like Craigleith Ski Club, Alpine Ski Club & Osler Bluff Ski Club.
Sir Sandford Fleming, Canada’s famed railway engineer, is responsible for the Depot’s establishment. In 1854, he moved his parents, brothers, and sister to a plot of land once owned by John Brazier, the area’s first inhabitant. The Flemings named the region Craigleith, which means “rocky harbour” in Gaelic, and developed a quarry and a furniture business, as well as donating property for the Township’s first gravel road. In the 1600s, the route followed an ancient native trail used by local Petun indigenous people, Jesuit missionaries, and commerce.
Sandford’s father, Andrew G. Fleming, sold a plot of land along the same route to the Northern Railway in 1872 with the purpose of erecting a station for the hamlet. By 1880, a lovely station with the most cutting-edge architectural design – a rounded tower – welcomed the whistle of the locomotive and the promise of prosperity for the city.
The tiny station became the focus of ski trains from Toronto in the early 1940s, and established the seeds for what would become Ontario’s top ski and four-season recreational destination: Blue Mountain Resort, in a path completely unexpected by the Flemings.
The Depot was purchased by the Town of The Blue Mountains in July 2001, with the help of the Craigleith Heritage Committee and the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation. The Craigleith Heritage Depot reopened as a community heritage interpretive centre and tourism office on September 21st, 2008.
This restoration would not have been feasible without $329,000 in donations from the Craigleith Heritage Committee and the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation, which were gathered from over 250 members of the public and local business organisations. In addition to SuperBuild funding, the Craigleith Heritage Depot Restoration Project received $55,000 from the Trillium Foundation. A commemorative partnership plaque hangs on the wall behind the Depot’s reception desk, recognising these generous donors.
Throughout the year, Craigleith Heritage Depot presents a range of entertaining and instructive activities for people of all ages. Keep up with our upcoming events by following us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Visit the Blue Mountains Public Library and Craigleith Heritage Depot’s event calendar to learn about all of their upcoming programmes
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