A hidden ghost town in Nova Scotia

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  1. jacob_ns

    jacob_ns Helicopter Doctor

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    I heard about this place this week and had to plan a trip out there. I got off work today and hit the road.

    Renfrew was apparently quite the place once upon a time. When the gold rush hit, it turned people into millionaires. Over 600 people lived there in its prime. Now it's fully forested.

    Renfrew, Nova Scotia

    The roads in were muddy and quite challenging because of it. Some of the side shoots I visited were little more than streambed due to the recent heavy rain. My KLR handled it pretty well I must say.

    Dumped it on the way in. Oops!
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    I also found a camp site.
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    And on this campsite was a memorial to a boy. Not sure of the story behind it. I was going to google his name when I got home but my iPhone takes crummy photos sometimes.
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    The roads to Renfrew.
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    The first house I found. Looks cozy!
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    The roads get worse.
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    The second house.
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    This one legitimately looks like it was a beautiful place in its day.
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    About as bad as they got. Lots of deep water crossings (higher than the axles) and submerged rocks.
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    End of the line for piggy. No way around so I had to use two feet and a heartbeat.
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    The mine proper.
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    The access to the mine itself if still very well secured, for good reason. I'm sure the shafts aren't safe.
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    Random machinery in the woods.
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    Another house.
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    I decided against investigating this place because I had the weirdest feeling it wasn't uninhabited. There was a clothesline outside with clothespins and the grass around the entrance was trampled.
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    I stopped at this point as it was getting late and started to head back. Looking at google maps when I got home I discovered that there are more buildings further in. Looks like I'm going back soon!
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  2. Rutabaga

    Rutabaga Been here awhile

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    Interesting trip and pics. Interesting history of a community and its relics.
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  3. casey sohc

    casey sohc Been here awhile

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    thats awesome! which end of renfrew was it?more pictures?i had thought i passed by you yesterday in wellington.around 5 ish there is only one bike with those markings.cheers.:1drink
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  4. jacob_ns

    jacob_ns Helicopter Doctor

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    I came in from the Enfield side and carried through to Nine Mile River and then back to Enfield.

    That's pretty much all I had for photos as I didn't bring my camera, expecting rain. However, I plan to go back in next Thursday.
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  5. IckyBob

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    Trailering my bike down from Ontario shortly to Nova Scotia and am interested in this area. Do you happen to have an 8 figure mgrs grid for the start point? Looking to find the start point.

    Cheers,

    Paul.
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  6. jacob_ns

    jacob_ns Helicopter Doctor

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    I don't have a grid ref. but I did setup a google maps with directions from the nearest highway exit to the gate. I can take you in if you want to when you get here.

    http://goo.gl/maps/uYbQN
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  7. Mercenary

    Mercenary Mindless Savage

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    That is really cool. Thanks for sharing.
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  8. IckyBob

    IckyBob BroManiac

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    Thanks I appreciate that. I'm really hoping to get out to check that out. Only issue is time and space. Wife and baby down to visit family and friends etc. everyone knows how that rat race is!!
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  9. jacob_ns

    jacob_ns Helicopter Doctor

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    As the dad to my first child, a three month old boy, I completely understand.
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  10. edge2edge

    edge2edge Evil Scotsman

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    I have been to Nova Scotia many times, but this is the first time I heard about Renfrew! Thanks for sharing!!!:clap
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  11. Xanthophyll

    Xanthophyll Dirt Roads of MN

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    Wow great pics! That A-frame must have been really nice at one time....!
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    thanks for sharing,,,, i really like old and abandoned places.
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  13. Pistolero

    Pistolero W. F. O.

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    Man stuff like this is so cool. Good stuff!
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  15. Xanthophyll

    Xanthophyll Dirt Roads of MN

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    Any more pics of this trip? I'd love to see more!
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    jacob_ns Helicopter Doctor

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    I'm planning on on heading back out there this Thursday if I can get my bike fixed. The rear sprocket carrier bearing is bad and needs replacing. The old girl is currently up on jacks.
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  17. Xanthophyll

    Xanthophyll Dirt Roads of MN

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    Jacob_NS -

    Make sure you get that kids name (weird place to put a monument?) and you should try to see if that one home is occupied. That's a dream find right there.....

    :eek1
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  18. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    Always trust your gut when it says "no."

    Nice report. :thumb
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  19. jacob_ns

    jacob_ns Helicopter Doctor

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    I read the plaque and it mentioned he liked three wheeling, but doesn't go into a cause of death but the area was deep in the woods. It seems likely he might have been killed while riding and family put this up in his memory. I'll get the actual name this week.

    As for the house, I don't want to end up in some homeless squatters stew pot!
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  20. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    well this is just great, another place on my list now to visit.

    thanks alot
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