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Midland's steep streets once provided perfect toboggan runs

Huronia Museum notes that besides super fast toboggan runs, 1936 winter carnival boasted ski hills 'blazed thorugh the bush on the hills north of the Midland-Penetang highway'

Courtesy Huronia Museum

A last look at winter activity before it is gone.

This article is from February 1936 and by the description in the newspaper we can assume that we are looking up the hill towards Victoria Street from Vindin, somewhere past Fifth Street.

The occasion is Midland's Winter Carnival.

"New ski trails have been blazed through the bush on the hills north of the Midland-Penetang highway. (No Hugel Avenue at this time) The recently-completed toboggan slides just west of the Malleable Iron Works, in which the toboggans, travelling through the long snow-banked tunnels, attain a speed of fifty to sixty miles an hour.

"These slides are going to provide rare sport for the young folks of Midland and vicinity for the rest of the winter long after the carnival visitors are gone. They fill a long felt need in the sport life of the community.

The official opening is set for 3 o’clock Thursday."