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Steep Rock -Buchanan Scrapbook Clippings


With files from The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby— click here..

The first European settlers, Scottish and Irish soldiers, and early farmers were met with the harsh terrain of the Canadian Shield. It is this rocky shoreline that makes Tay Valley such a spectacular destination for lakeside living. Pristine swimming, mature forests and steep rock faces create the feeling of true Canadiana. To recognize these assets, heritage plaques now mark significant trees, legacy cottages and historic farm properties that have remained in the same families for generations.  

As an employer, OMYA has a credible track record. It acquired the former Steep Rock Resources properties in 1988, and made a long-term capital commitment to upgrade and expand the facilities. It earned both its ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14000:1996 certificates. The plant meets environmental regulations for noise, air and effluent.

The company operates an open pit mine at Tatlock and a mill in Perth. The calcium carbonate it produces is slurried and either railed or trucked to customers. It is used in the manufacture of paper, paints, plastic, food and pharmaceuticals and a variety of other industries. OMYA has about 100 employees of its own and provides another 150 jobs for local trucking and mining contractors. It is providing a reliable source of income for them and pumping about $20 million annually into the local economy.

Little has been said about the fact that water for the plant now comes from seven deep wells. They tap into the groundwater and are licensed to pump up to 800 L/min. The wells will be reduced to standby status. The net effect on the river, given that the underground aquifer is not being depleted, may be close to zero. Time will tell. Read more here.. click

Mineral Deposit Inventory for Ontario

Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and MinesPermanent Link to this Record: MDI31F01NW00006

Deposit: MDI31F01NW00006


Deposit Name(s)Barnes-steep Rock – 2000, Angelstone – 2000, Tatlock Quarry – 2000, Barnes (angelstone) Quarry – 2000, Steep Rock Resources – 2000
Related Deposit TypeNone
Deposit Statusproducing mine
Date Created1985-Sep-20
Date Last Modified2005-Dec-07
Created ByQ Unknown
Revised ByD Laidlaw


Primary Commodities: calcite (filler), marble (building stones), marble (structural materials)


Township or Area: Darling

Latitude: 45° 8′ 58.88″    Longitude: –76° 29′ 55.52″

UTM Zone: 18    Easting: 382183   Northing: 5000672    UTM Datum: NAD83

Resident Geologist District: Southeastern Ontario

NTS Grid: 31F01NW

Point Location Description: Square symbol ‘ Ma 11 ‘ SW of Tatlock and N of Murrays Hill.

Location Method: conversion from mdi


Sources Map Scale: 1:125 000

Access Description: From Hwy 7 at Perth take the road to Lanark. At Lanark and the junction to Carleton Place (8.7 ml) continue straight. At the 30.9 ml junction turn right onto a gravel road to Tatlock. The quarry is at 31.85 ml on the left.

Exploration and Mining History

Originally opened by Angelstone Ltd (1962/3-1971/2), producing ‘ Temple White ‘ dimension stone from 2 quarries on lots 4 and 5. W. R. Barnes reopened the quarry on lot 4 in 1977 and produced decorative stone chips and calcium carbonate filler. They also built a processing plant in Perth. In 1981 the plant and quarry were purchased by Steep Rock Resources Inc. (a subsidiary of Pluess-Staufer A.G.) The quarry has been operated on a seasonal basis , producing 250,000 tonnes per year for year round operations of the mill (1992). Increased levels of production were expected in 1993 as stripping to the N and S of the present quarry was carrried out at that time. Plant capacity was increased above its previous 250, 000 tonnes limit. The Perth mill produced (1992) : high-grade calcium carbonate filler for the paper industry, decorative aggregate, terrazo chips, poultry grit, agricultural limestone, stucco mix and fine-grained filler for floor tile, wall joint compounds, paints and plastics. Diamond drilling was done by Steep Rock Resources Inc. at Lot 5, Con. 4, see assessment file #19, Darling Twp.


Province: Grenville

Geology Comments

08/14/2000 (C Papertzian) – The quarry lies in the W part of a 17.7 km wide marble belt with minor paragneiss and metavolcanics. The quarried rock is white, coarse-grained (2.8 mm) calcitic marble; one of the purest and brightest (>95 %) of its kind. The units being quarried occur in an 85 m wide zone which contains reserves for over 50 years (1992).

Lanark Residents, Cottagers Battle
Giant Swiss Mining Corporation

By Michael Cassidy,
Tatlock and Ottawa

My wife Maureen and I bought a small cabin at Tatlock three years ago with plans to build an addition, keep things simple, and enjoy Lanark’s rural peace and the clean waters of Rob’s Lake. Little did we know what was brewing just down the road, where a giant Swiss corporation was preparing a huge expansion of a quarry to feed a world-scale processing plant for calcium carbonate products located near Perth.

Three years later we are one of eight individuals or groups who have passed a major procedural hurdle and are appealing the expansion plans of OMYA (Canada) Ltd., which is probably the largest single producer of calcium carbonate products in the world. OMYA’s expansion could have serious adverse impacts on the Tay River near Perth; in the vicinity of the OMYA quarry at Tatlock; and for Lanark residents along the Highway 511 corridor and in Lanark village, because of a projected flow of 40 ton trucks from the quarry travelling the corridor every two or three minutes, 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Besides ourselves the appellants include Lanark residents from Glen Tay, Perth and McDonald’s Corners; cottagers from Bob’s Lake; an environmentalist from Stittsville; and the Council of Canadians, whose particular concern is OMYA’s plan to ship water out of the Great Lakes watershed despite stated Ontario government policy to the contrary.

The issue we are appealing is a permit issued by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment to allow OMYA to take up to 4.5 million litres of water per day out of the Tay River at Glen Tay, 7 km. west of Perth, to be mixed with calcium carbonate to form a slurry that paper companies and other industries are eager to buy at prices of $150 and up per ton.

Calcium carbonate, better known as limestone or marble, is a major product in industry used in everything from paper and plastics to toothpaste and diet supplements. The former Steep Rock quarry at Tatlock that OMYA acquired in the 1990s has an exceptionally large and pure deposit of this mineral.

Ontario has given OMYA a permit to mine up to 4 million tons a year of calcium carbonate, or calcite and another permit to pump up to 3.6 million litres of water per day out of the quarry for dewatering as its operations move below the level of surrounding lakes. The company has invested hundreds of millions to transform its processing plant at Glen Tay, just off Highway 7, into a state of the art facility.

Apart from one Ontario Municipal Board appeal relating to the Glen Tay plant, OMYA’s preparations for expansion have attracted little notice. While permit applications relating to the quarry were posted on Ontario’s electronic Environmental Registry, few of us have time to be so vigilant as to have seen the posting and responded within 30 days. The permits passed through almost unopposed.

That situation changed when OMYA set out to put the final piece in place for its expansion plan – taking water from the Tay because it had outrun the capacity of local groundwater sources to meet its needs for water. When the permit application was posted to the Environmental Registry, an astonishing 283 letters of concern were sent to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. Ninety per cent of these letters called for some kind of environmental assessment.

There was universal concern that OMYA wanted water from the Tay before adequate information had been collected about its ability to meet OMYA’s needs. The Tay watershed is already stressed because it serves as a reservoir of water to help maintain the Rideau Canal at navigation levels during the summer months. Water levels in Bob’s Lake, the chief reservoir lake, drop by four or five feet every summer as water is drawn for the Rideau system.

This concern was compounded by the lack of current data. The last consistent measurement of water flows along the Tay was made over a dozen years ending in 1927. At some times in the year, the Tay is a river of rocks with a flow so low that almost no water gets through to Perth– read the rest here click

Tales of Glen Tay — The Mill Fire





The mill that sits on the edge of Glen Tay on private property was destroyed in fire in 1870 after work had begun for the day. The disaster that occurred at 9 am left the place in ruins and was caused but the friction of the picking machine which set the adjoining woodwork on fire.

The mill was very combustible from fine dust and with no means of extinguishing the fire it went out of control very quickly. When the fire began near the doorway the workers which were mainly women were trapped. They had to climb out of the third story windows with the use of a ladder while the fire nipped at their heels.

Mr. Drysdale tried to escape by the roof, but he either slipped or decided to jump and landed in the water below. The depth of the water was barely 5 feet deep. Drysdale did not die, but sustained serious internal injuries. The fire at the mill, as you might guess, became a huge loss to the area, but the owners rebuilt the mill in the Spring.



Photo by Jason Sprague from Rough & Rustic who will be at the Swirlicious Shopping Event October 29 in Carleton Place.


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The Glen Tay Train Wrecks of Lanark County



Glen Tay Wreck  Feb 26th–1925

In 1925 just outside of Perth was the site of the Glen Tay Wreck. An eastboung train with boxcars full of paper and fish ran through an open switch and collided head on with a freight train that was standing still at the Glen Tay Station. Five Perth doctors and sveral nurses drove to the scene of the accident to give first aid to the injured. Some of those injured were members of the Ottawa Hockey team returning home from a game in Hamilton.


Four seriously injured men were brought to the hospital in Perth and Engineer David Bourne of Toronto in the eastbound train died 4 days later from his injuries.


During the depression men would get off the train in Glen Tay, walk across country, all the way up the road, looking first for a meal, and at the same time for work. They would walk up these roads to the Scotch Line and then up that road. They were usually met with generosity and word got around this was a great area to get a meal.


From the Ottawa Citizen 18 July 1942—12 persons hurt in train collision in Lanark County


9 passengers, three crewmen slightly injured as freight and express crash at Glen Tay.
Nine passengers and three train crew members were injured slightly early today when a fast freight train collided with the Montreal – Toronto express at Glen Tay station in Lanark County, the Canadian Pacific Railway announced.


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The C.P.R. said the cause of the collision, at 2.28 a.m., has not yet been definitely determined.  The line was blocked until 6.55 a.m. C.P.R. train No. 904, fast eastbound freight, puling into Glen Tay at 2.28 this morning, struck passenger train No. 21, which was standing on westbound main track in front of the station,” the C.P.R. said.
“Eight cars on No.904 and one coach on No. 21 were derailed.  Two members of the crew of No. 904 and one member of the crew of No. 21 and nine passengers were injured, none of them seriously.  The line was cleared by 6.55 this morning.


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List of injured. (included F.E. Lindsay, baggageman, Toronto; M. Cousineau, fireman, Smiths Falls; J. Duffy, fireman, Smiths Falls.)
News of the derailment caused considerable excitement in Ottawa this morning.  Many Ottawans were aboard the train which left Union Station here at 11 o’clock last night. The newspaper and railway offices handled many calls from friends anxious to find out whether any of the passengers had been killed or seriously injured.  They were relieved to hear that only a small number of the passengers had been hurt, and these slightly.
The morning train from Toronto, due to arrive in the Capital at 7.30, was two hours late, coming in at 9.30.

From the Toronto Star
Sixteen are injured in head-on collision
One man thought seriously hurt – others receive but bruises
Perth Ont. Feb 26 Sixteen people were slightly injured, one seriously, when a C.P.R train crashed head-on into a waiting freight train at Glen Bay (sic) three miles from here this afternoon.  Albert Labelle of Montreal, who is not expected to recover, is in hospital there.
An open switch threw the passenger train into a siding where the freight was standing at the station at Glen Bay (sic).  The engine crew, Walter Norris and A. Bourne, Toronto leaped to safety when they saw the crash coming and escaped with bruises.  Norris is the most seriously injured of the two and is in hospital here.
One of the Tornoto people who were slightly bruised was Mrs. J.W. Hobday of the Bernardo Homes, 538 Jarvis street, Toronto.  The passengers included the Ottawa professional hockey team and a number of the players received bruises.  They are Frank Ahearn, manager; G. Boucher, E. Campbell, P. Green, Alex Smith and Alex Connell.  Others who received minor injuries were:  W.O. Sobel, Philadelphia; W.O.L. Hazel, Montreal; Mrs B.G. Cullen, Florence, Italy; Mrs. T.G. Potter, Montreal; Sister St. Stephen, Montreal; S.S. Etienne, Montreal; Miss H. Page, Ottawa and Miss A. Dodds, Hamilton.
The train was the fast Canadian Pacific passenger No. 20 (“The Canadian”) bound from Chicago to Montreal.  It is due in Montreal about seven o’clock to-night.


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My client, age 94, tells of the times men would get off the train in Lombardy and come for a sandwich. She’s lived in the same farmhouse for 73 years.



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The Titanic of a Railway Disaster — Dr. Allan McLellan of Carleton Place

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Linda’s Dreadful Dark Tales – When Irish Eyes Aren’t Smiling — Our Haunted Heritage



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