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Most of the photographs on this site were taken at the site of an old prison - Burwash.  The Burwash area is about 35,000 acres in size and is located about 40 km south of Sudbury, to the west of highway 69.  The prison was established in 1914.  The prison was closed in 1974.

The advantage of this area is the range of habitat offered - meadow, forest, lake and river, and exposed rock.  The meadows were once fields of hay maintained by the prisoners.  These fields are still harvested today, but the marginal areas are returning to a natural state.

In 1998, 1999, and 2000, a number of elk were relocated from Elk Island National Park, near Edmonton Alberta, to the Burwash area. Under the right conditions, you may see some of these new residents to the area.

Please follow the links provided below to acquire more information about the former community and prison.

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Burwash prison sign, Copyright 2009 Andy Fyon, www.ontariowildflower.com

Burwash memorial sign, recognizing the prison history.

Date: July 27, 2009

Burwash jail sign, Camp Bison

Burwash jail, Camp Bison sign.

Date: July 17, 2001

Burwash jail

Burwash jail. Photographed spring 1999.

Burwash jail cornerstones

The front of the Burwash jail contains several symbols representing industry, agriculture, justice, and education.

Date: July 17, 2001 

Hall of cells, Camp Bison, Burwash jail.

Inside of Burwash Camp Bison - hall of cells.

Date: July 17, 2001

Maximum security cell, Camp Bison, Burwash.

Inside of Burwash Camp Bison - what appears to be a maximum security cell.

Date: July 17, 2001

Jail shower, Camp Bison, Burwash jail.

The shower room.

Date: July 17, 2001

Burwash jail wooden garage.

An old garage is one of the few wooden out-houses that remain on the Burwash jail site.

Date: July 17, 2001

Burwash cemetery

Burwash cemetery, looking towards Cemetery Lake.  The wooden picket fence is mostly fallen down.  The large conifer tree stands on the edge of the lake. Photographed spring 2000.

Burwash cemetery

Burwash cemetery looking from the Cemetery Lake towards the north. Note the old wooden picket fence in the background. Photographed April 14, 2001.

Burwash cemetery crosses, Copyright 2004 Andy Fyon.

Burwash cemetery looking from the Cemetery Lake towards the north. New crosses are now in place. Photographed September 18, 2004.

Burwash cross

This old cross occurs in a remote part of the Burwash property, well away from the known cemetery. There are no  markings on the cross.

Photographed: Spring 2000.

Burwash pig fence

Fence in the general location of the pig barn, Burwash. Photographed spring 2000.

Old milk can, Burwash, copyright 2007 Andy Fyon, www.ontariowildflower.com

Old milk can and shovel in the Burwash bush. (Date: May 13, 2007)

Burwash foundation.

Old foundation, photographed summer 2000.  Fragrant bedstraw thrives in this dry and hot setting.

Old bridge

In one of the fields, there is an old wooden bridge that crosses a small creek.

Photographed fall 2000.

Burwash steps

Steps to a former terraced flower garden area, in the old town site.

Photographed summer 2000.

Fire hydrant, Burwash Ontario.

Fire hydrant located in the former Burwash town site.

Photographed: April 14, 2001

Old sidewalk Burwash home.

Sidewalks and domestic flowers mark the locations of former homes. Spurge and pink phlox have escaped from a domestic garden.

Date: May 13, 2001

Dry rockk fence at Burwash.

An old dry rock fence also marks the location of a former home.

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Burwash burn

In fall 2000, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources conducted a prescribed burn of a meadow area to enhance the habitat for the introduced elk.

Burwash burn closeup

Close-up of the margin of the prescribed burn, photographed fall 2000.

 

 

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