In the 1900’s The Canadian Pacific Railway built a line from Toronto to Sudbury. MacTier was chosen, due to availability of water from Stewart Lake. A marshalling yard with 16 tracks, a Maintenance shop, Round House with turntable, Car department, coal Chutes, water tower, sandhouse,ash pit, stock pens were all built. The Muskoka Station contained a yard office, operator’s board waiting room, freight shed, and a Booster station equipped with Telegraph Service. Up to 8 passenger and 12 Freight trains daily went through Muskoka Station. There was also a C.P.R. Restaurant where passengers and crew members could rest and eat. A C.P.R. Boarding House was built to house train crews & workers. The married men began to build homes and this cluster of homes was first named Muskoka Station. Later it was changed to MacTier after the Assistant Superintendent of the Eastern Division.
The MacTier Railroad Heritage/Historical Society started in 1992 with a group of interested citizens. Through their efforts a C.P. Rail Van (Caboose) was donated by the Township of Georgian Bay by the C.P. Rail. The Caboose has been preserved in its authentic condition. The Caboose is open for touring Saturdays 10Am-3PM Victoria Long Wkd –Labor Day Wkd. The Caboose is located beside the MacTier Library at 12 Muskoka Road, MacTier, Ontario P0C1H0.
The MacTier Railroad Heritage/ Historical Museum is located at 53B Haig St., MacTier, Ontario P0C1H0. (Located behind the Medical Centre) The Museum consists of many Memorabilia that have been donated to the Museum. Several artifacts such as: CP Lanterns, Telegraph, C.P rail tools, Tickets, Log books& manuals, Many Photographs, newspaper articles, C.P. dining ware (currently being displayed at the MacTier Library in a showcase), The first baseball team, churches & Schools Photos and many other artifacts. Also the Museum has a model train set that is sure to entertain kids of all ages & adults. The Heritage Society is currently working on a Bigger Model Train set to be displayed for viewing this coming summer 2013.
The Museum & Caboose has plenty of parking area, are children friendly, the Museum does have a restroom and the Library next to the Caboose also has a restroom.
Guided Group Tours are available by contacting Jim Mahon @ (705) 375-5511 or Brian Lemkay @ (705) 375-2619 to set up time & day.
Pictures from the MacTier Museum:
The MacTier Railroad Heritage/Historical Society is currently hosting fund raiser events annually to raise money for a larger Museum building. Information can be found on our website: www.mactierrailroadheritagesociety.org any donations are welcomed.
The Museum and Caboose are open Saturday 9AM – 1PM. from the Victoria Long wkd. To Labor Day long wkd.
Come visit us and travel back in time with memorabilia of the steam locomotive era!