With the arrival of winter here are the top 9 reasons to visit Oakville in the snow.  Photos are courtesy of the Caddy Halliday Archive. These photos were generously donated to the PCI Archive by Silver Threads Oakville.  None of these images were captioned, so if any of you Oakvillians can identify anyone or anything, especially those aerial shots of the town at the end that contain some long gone buildings, let us know.

1.  See the site of the cross-country skiing alien abduction site.

Alien abduction while cross country skiing near Oakville, Manitoba.

Alien abduction while cross country skiing near Oakville, Manitoba.

2.  See the latest in snow removal technology.

The latest in snow clearing technology on display near Oakville, Manitoba.

The latest in snow clearing technology on display near Oakville, Manitoba.

3.  Experience the latest in children’s winter play structures.

"Baby in Snowbank" in Oakville, Manitoba.

“Baby in Snowbank” in Oakville, Manitoba.

4.  You can help local snow removal crews dig themselves out of the ditch.

"Tractor in ditch" - Oakville, Manitoba.

“Tractor in ditch” – Oakville, Manitoba.

5. See the latest in green insulation technology.

A light snowfall in Oakville.

A light snowfall in Oakville.

6.  Take a tour of the local Puck Factory.

Making pucks for the Oakville rink.

Making pucks for the Oakville rink.

7.  See Manitoba’s largest long-legged snowman, Blighter.

Manitoba's largest snowman "?" , Oakville ,Manitoba

Manitoba’s largest snowman “?” , Oakville ,Manitoba

8.  Enjoy kilometres of walking paths.

9.  Every day is a winter wonderland in Oakville.

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16 Responses

  1. Dan

    I actually think most of the shots from #9 were probably taken from the old elevator that used to be there. The first one is looking west along 1st ave. The third, fifth and sixth ones are pointing north where you can see 2nd St. The last one points northwest all appearing to be from the se vantage point.

  2. Garth Christie

    I am familiar with a lot of these pictures. I was born in 1943 and these pictures are well before that, but they basically remained the same into the 50s

    • Andree (Nicol) Michaleski

      I see Nicol’s General Store in the first picture as well as Bartlet’s garage, the Post Office, Ingram’s cafe and the United Church. I have similar pictures taken by my parents, Russ and Ethel Nicol. Andree Michaleski (nee Nicol). I would particularily be interested in hearing from Garth Christie about his memories.

  3. Cal Moon

    I was born in 1942 and recognise many buildings.

    E.g. To the right of Blights shop ( East) is what became the Oakville Co-op locker plant .
    Next on another pic was Joe Boddy’s General store.
    Then Watson’s General Store.
    Behind (north). Watson’s was the house where Walter Brooker lived.
    Then the Legion.

    On another pic looking straight north over The Pool hall and barber shop is
    The blacksmith shop run by Scotty Campbell who lived upstairs.
    Can also see the United Church and the Oakville School beyond.
    Chee from New Zealand

    • Andree

      What a blast from the past to see your name Cal Moon. My brother Ron just saw your brother Jim in Calgary a few weeks ago. Trust you are well, Andree (Nicol) Michaleski.

    • Andree (Nicol) Michaleski

      Cal Moon, I think of you periodically. My brother Ron saw your brother, Jim, a few months ago at a funeral in Calgary. I live on Vancouver Island but I still have very fond memories of Oakville and many people. I did run into Jim Alford out here That was fun as I had not seen him since school days.

  4. Gail Hay (Holliday)

    Picture #6 is of Ivan Holliday, my dad, who made a ‘V’ shaped snow plough from wooden planks with angle iron on the bottom. He pulled this with his team of horses as shown, cleaning his driveway. We lived 3 miles north of Oakville.

  5. Lindsay Munro

    I grew up two miles south of Oakville and made many visits to the town and several of the people who lived there . The bare board building with windows above two large doors was the Blacksmith shop owned by Campbels , Stewarty Campbel was the smithy. When I was a small boy my Mother climed up the stairs on the north side to visit Mrs. Scotty Campbel . A great Scottish Lady . She made tea for Mum and said ” watch the cup because when Stewarty trip hammer starts your cup will jump off the table.

  6. Lindsay Munro

    East of Blights Gaeage in picture ( 9) there is the Locker Plant, Joe Boddy’s Red and White store across the corner is Dan Watson’s Store. Next the Egg Grading station then Vern Lander’s Butcher Shop. John Lauder used to cut ice for Vern’s cold storage of meats. My little story is about Dad ( Jim Munro ) and I at age 5 going to Lander’s Butcher shop for a small 4 pound roast of beef. Dad greated Vern and ask for his roast. Now at Vern’s back was a row of cooler doors. I being 5 years could barley see over the counter. Vern turned and opened the first small door. I was surprised to see a hand holding the roast. Vern took the meat from the hand and never said a word ,wrapped it in butchers paper and said there you are Jim that will be $1.50 or what the price may have been . Dad paid Vern and we left . To this day I can see that picture in my minds eye ” 67 years ago”

  7. James moon

    Great pics. I remember all the buildings on the 2 main drags- never did know the street names (no signs Geez). Some blogs not mentioned by others: hardware store in foreground left,locker plant, lumber yard (Hayward, Botts). Brights building where Ding gave me my drivers license, the pool hall (can’t see the window Cal put the snowball through) Great to c the comments by other Oakvillains7! Lol

    • Andree (Nicol) Michaleski

      Hi Jim – Trust you are somewhere warm and safe. The joke here is that I was snowed in last weekend and have been dealing with living in a skating rink since. They are certainly not equipped here to deal with any amount of snow and in my area we received about 14 inches over Dec. 9th to 13th. cheers.

      • James Moon

        I had your contact info in my smart phone, but it was not smart enough to avoid drowning in the Shuswap late last summer. Brother Cal in New Zealand also wishes to contact you. His daughter Joelle lives in Victoria. Call or email me at 403 607 3279 or email james.moon@shaw.ca and we will catch up. P.S. I tried Ron but I only have his CN email which is defunct since the young fellow retired a few years back.

  8. Andree (Nicol) Michaleski

    This past spring I was heading from Mill Bay, BC to Cedar for lunch and decided to stop at a new cafe on the waterfront at Ladysmith. Four people were sitting at a table over from me and kept referring to Manitoba so I called out “where in Manitoba?” and the lady said MacGregor; I said just west of Portage and she said well we really are from Lavenham. I said “8 miles south”. The man turned around and said you obviously know Manitoba where are you from? I said Oakville and he said two of the nicest people I ever knew owned a general store there. Their name was Nicol. I said that would be Russ and Ethel my Mom and Dad. With that they came over to my table. It turned out they were moving out this way and we have become good friends. What a small world. Andree nee Nicol.

  9. Karen (Lee) Ingram

    Oh my gosh those pictures brought back such wonderful memories! I have many pictures from that era also that were passed down from my parents. So neat to see our old house, my Grandpa and Grandma King’s house, and those of our neighbours the Dunnings, Blairs, Mrs. Boddy, Creeds, Millers, and all the old places of business including Grandpa King’s hardware store on the corner. Talk about a trip down memory lane! The 40s and 50s were a wonderful, innocent time in our lives! Thanks so much for sharing!


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