Category Archives: 1970’s

Posts are listed in chronological order based on date of posting – newest posts first.

Suspension Bridge

In 1973, grade ten students in the shop program at Downsview Secondary School built a suspension bridge across the ravine as part of their workshop experience. The bridge crossed the river between the Pottery Field  and the Ranger Unit.

After the bridge was built it was used for several years. Both the Board of Education and the camp used it. It is not known whether the bridge was properly inspected for safety. It did not have any signage related to the capacity of the bridge and campers often jumped on it and swayed back and forth.

After several years, the bridge was closed for safety reasons and was eventually dismantled around 1980 when it was considered an insurance liability.

In April 2017, I finally located photos of the original bridge.


Early Buses

In the 1950’s through the 1970’s many different kinds of buses were used.

The photo below from 1960 shows Chartered TTC buses: In the 1960’s the camp relied on  independent drivers which meant that all sorts of vehicles (including station wagons) were used.  Some examples below.

This is this photo is Jackie Blake, who was the Peewee Unit Head for many years:



Station Wagons were commonly used in the mid-late 1960’s.



In the 1970’s, passenger vans were standard, in various colours: