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Main Street Ontario: Huntsville
Huntsville, Ontaro

Main Street Ontario: Huntsville 

The Empire Hotel was once an elegant landmark on #Huntsville’s thriving main street. Joni Mitchell was rumoured to have written “Raised on Robbery” in the lobby. When kindly landlord Dave Kaey bought the building to turn it into affordable housing, a fire ended his dream. Now the town has new plans to transform the empty lot.


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Main Street Ontario: Guelph
Guelph, Ontaro

Main Street Ontario: Guelph 

When The Bookshelf first opened in 1973, downtown #Guelph was vibrant and full of well-established shops. Businesses came and went, but The Bookshelf grew to include a café, followed by a cinema and event space. Four decades later, it continues to be a vital community hub and an inspiration for local artists and authors.


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Main Street Ontario: Port Dover
Port Dover, Ontaro

Main Street Ontario: Port Dover 

When the summer beach season ended, #PortDover became a sleepy little town. That all changed in 1981 when a group of motorcyclists came together on Friday the 13th. What started as a small gathering of 16 friends grew over the years. Now, over 100,000 bikers gather in this lakeside community every Friday the 13th.


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Main Street Ontario: Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontaro

Main Street Ontario: Ottawa 

Smoked meat sandwiches weren’t the only attraction at Nate’s Deli. The man behind the counter of this famous deli was none other than Dave Smith, whose kindness has reverberated across the city of #Ottawa.


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Main Street Ontario: Markdale
Markdale, Ontaro

Main Street Ontario: Markdale 

In 1973, David and Penny Chapman bought an old creamery and started a small business making ice cream. They built up their company bit by bit, while staying true to where it all began in #Markdale, a village south of Georgian Bay.


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