Life and Times of Burk's Falls
The Streets of Burk's Falls

Burk's Falls has gone through many changes through its existence. Here is an image of one of the first bridges built in Burk's Falls. The Armstrong Street Bridge connected Highway 11 and Ryerson Cresent.

One of Burk's Falls hotels. The Hotel Central was home to the Central Grill. The hotel was a family business. It was owned by the Fells for many years.

Back in the day the Sharpe Building was Burk's Falls' mall. The local grocery store, the general store, outdoors store and ice cream parlour are located on this block.

An interesting picture of an ice cream parlour located at 205-206 Ontario Street. This is the ice cream parlour located in the Sharpe Building block. Its not a busy time for the business. But it must have been popular to take up two addresses in a building.

Inside the Ontario Street Ice Cream Parlor
Inside the Ontario Street Ice Cream Parlor Details

Like many small communities in Ontario there's a local arena which attracts people from the area. The Memorial Arena would have had a large playing surface for hockey in the winter and other sports, like lacrosse, in the summer.

Another image that's a blast from the past. This is a horse drawn hearse. Before cars there would have to be a vehicle to take the body from the home or funeral home to the cemetery, it also a long way for the pallbearers to walk the coffin to the cemetery.

Another profession that was changed with the invention of the automobile. Here is the Burk's Falls firefighters pose for a picture in front of their fire wagon. One can only hope that those nice white uniforms are for dress. If they took those to a fire, they would be ruined.

One last job revolutionized by the automobile was deliveries. Can you imagine getting your pizza delivered in a horse-and-buggy? However, before the car delivery by a horse-and-buggy was common, though not for pizzas. This picture has Borden Philips Delivering Goods for Walter Sharpe.

After the both World Wars there were parades for the returning soldiers to honour their commitments and sacrifices they made for Canada. Here they're coming into Burk's Falls passing the Fowler Store on the right.

When soldiers returned to Burk's Falls the people were ready to show their gratitude. The banners and flags were ready for when the soldiers marched up Ontario Street.

In the crowd ready to welcome home the soldiers are a group of school aged children. From the statue behind the children its clear that they're standing in front of the post office. Its interesting that the road after World War II was not paved.

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