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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7 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.

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  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

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  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

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  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.

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  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.

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  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”

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