The Ghost Town of Wesleyville

For the last several years, I have been doing a breeding bird survey every June near Wesleyville. Having read that it is a ghost town, I was eager to one day have a look at it.

Here is some on-line information:

Wesleyville is a ghost hamlet snuggled between the old port hamlets of Port Britain and Port Granby. It is located in the Town of Port Hope, Ontario near Lake Ontario.

This former community is noted for its abandoned church (built 1860), its cemetery, its abandoned school house (built 1899). Remnants and laneways of other homes in the village can be seen from Lakeshore Rd. (the present village’s only street). In the 1800’s there were 2 streets and the church and school were located at the 4 corners. In 1878 there was a Wesleyville post office.

close-up of drawing
former barn
close-up of drawing
view behind the church

There is an unusual plank bridge near here:

As you drive over it, each plank raises and falls creating a terrific din.

Some nearby botany:

Willow (Salix)
Butternut (Juglans cinerea)
Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumilla)
Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)
Cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium)
Field Horsetail (male)
Barberry (Berberis vulgaris)
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)
Haircap Moss
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Candleflame Lichen
Highbush-cranberry (Viburnum opulus)
Highbush-cranberry (Viburnum opulus)


A flower is looking through the ground,
Blinking at the April weather;
Now a child has seen the flower:
Now they go and play together.         – Harold Monroe (1792—1814)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “The Ghost Town of Wesleyville

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Such a poignant, fascinating tour of an abandoned part of small town Ontario. And of course, the beautiful images of nature. Thank you so much again, Miles!

  2. Anne Marriott

    We continue to enjoy these daily posts from around the area and only wish that we could be out walking the trails with you.


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