The town of Ferndale, Ontario is at the junction of Provincial Highway 6 and the 25th Sideroad of the former Eastnor Township. In the days when the Bruce Peninsula was known as the Saugeen Peninsula, the area around today’s Ferndale was largely swampy land. When it was it drained by settlers, many hundreds of hectares of rich farmland was created, a boon for the Bruce with its heavy forest cover, poor soil and rocky lands.
By the turn of the 20th century, Ferndale had only four farms and a school. Then improvements in agriculture turned the Ferndale Flats into some of the best land on the Peninsula. Today, this busy intersection is home to restaurants, motels, gift shops, a wind farm, and an information centre that will direct visitors to nearby beaches, boat launches, hiking and snowmobile trails, and much more.
Believe It or Not!
There was once a steam-powered gristmill at Ferndale, a busy place for local farmers who brought the grain from their fields to be processed by Louie McAsh. And then one day during harvest, the steam engine at the mill refused to work. Day after day, grain kept piling up, spilling out of the building onto platforms and finally, the roadway. When the engine was finally repaired, it took nearly a month to catch up on the backlog.
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