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Old Posted Mar 21, 2008, 8:13 PM
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Fergus, Ontario

Fergus is another of Ontario's stone towns. It is located twenty minutes north of Guelph along the Grand River. The town was
founded in the 1830's by Scottish settlers who constructed many fine 19th century stone buildings. Today the town is known
for the large Highland Games Festival held each summer.
























































There are many other fascinating old towns and cities along the Grand River, here are several I've toured already:
WaterlooKitchenerGaltBrantfordParisElora

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Old Posted Mar 21, 2008, 8:23 PM
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Wow.. what an amazing town!
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Old Posted Mar 21, 2008, 10:26 PM
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I enjoyed the tour, it looks like a nice town and the downtown hasn't been gentrified yet or knocked down for more parking lots.
Great photos.
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Solid! Nice looking town.
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Great pics. So is there any special reason for all the stone buildings, besides good taste?
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^^^Ontario, like new England, is, well, stoney.

I wouldn't exactly say the place is ungentrified like someone did, but it is extremely attractive in a cold, snowy way. I wonder if Thomas Kincaid has been there?
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nice pics, Fergus looks lovely.
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Whoa, nice. It reminds me of New England as well...I love the density and architecture.
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Very cool structures! Thanks for continuing to share your fantastic threads!
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That is one cold, stone town.
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What a beautiful town. Thanks for sharing the pictures.
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Great pictures as usual. Isn't Paris also on the Grand River? Coincidentally, both cities have buildings right up against the river, which makes for some nice scenes.

On another note, how many places in Ontario have you photographed? I enjoy seeing all of these places in Ontario, especially since I am up there every Summer (albeit almost exclusively on the Niagara Peninsula). Have you ever done photo threads of places outside of Ontario? For instance, any photo threads of other places in Canada, like Quebec or Manitoba? Any places in the U.S., like border towns such as Buffalo and Detroit, or big boys like New York City and Chicago? Any places on other continents?

Is your goal to photograph all of the significant places in Ontario? I am doing that with Delaware right now. Delaware is much, much smaller than Ontario, though, so it will be easier for me. Although, I am trying to photograph every single municipality in the entire state. There are 52 incorporated municipalities in Delaware; I've photographed between 35-40. Anyways, I hope that you do continue to cover Ontario, since I am a little familiar with the province and I like seeing more of it.
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Whew, awesome material and workmanship in that town!
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Charming town!
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Great pics. So is there any special reason for all the stone buildings, besides good taste?
First settled by Scots stone masons, like Galt. They built to last!
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It's limestone, which was used as a building material from Eastern Ontario (Kingston is a major stone city) across the top of Lake Ontario, inland through highlands in the middle of Southern Ontario (Guelph, Fergus/Elora, St. Mary's, Galt) and back around through the Niagara Peninsula south of Lake Ontario (Flamborough, Dundas, Ancaster, Niagara-on-the-Lake).
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Old Posted Mar 22, 2008, 12:46 PM
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xzmattzx: I try to get out for a phototour at least once every 2 weeks. I like to spend about 3 hours walking around taking pictures. So I don't usually have enough time to do a proper phototour when I travel and consequently my phototours are all in Ontario. Actually, almost all of these tours are within 1 hour of Hamilton (all except Sarnia, Chatham, Wallaceburg and Petrolia which are southwestern Ontario). When I can't get out of town, I do a neighbourhood tour in Hamilton, which is extremely diverse. Photographing all of Ontario would be a tall order, right now I select towns and cities that have something interesting about them. For example, Fergus is all stone, Paris has a great setting, Brantford is gritty, etc.

I like to focus on historic architecture and I like to see the different housing styles in different areas. When I tour small towns (like Fergus or Paris) I try to photograph all the significant buildings, the downtown area and a sampling of the older housing stock. When I photograph cities, I focus on the downtown area, trying to capture most of the architecturally or historically significant buildings as well as some streetscapes to give a sense of the city's "feel".

These are the places I've photographed so far:
Galt - Woodstock - St. Catharines - Waterloo - Kitchener - Brantford - Niagara Falls
Dundas - Paris - Mississauga - Ancaster - Guelph - London - Chatham - Sarnia
Wallaceburg - Petrolia
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That's an awesome little town. Great photos dude.
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Uuuuhhhhh

TOOOOOOOOOOOO COLD!!!!!!!!!!
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Old Posted Mar 22, 2008, 6:00 PM
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Fergus was my favourite town when I was a little kid! More-so than close-by St Jacob's (phototour idea haha)!

I'm sad they turned the old Flea Market into a bunch of smaller stores.

Thanks for the tour, Flar!

It couldn't have been THAT cold... by the looks of it, u can see the snow is melting in some pics.

ps: what time did you start your tour? 4:20?? hahaha (get it... STONED in Fergus!??!!?) hahaha jks

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