June 2014

Photographer: Alex MacLean

Photo: Minawassi Hotel (formerly Ronnoco Hotel) 

The four-storey Ronnoco Hotel, once Temagami's largest building, dominated the village. It stood between the railway station and the steamer docks and was a popular waypoint.

When the Ontario Northland Boat Lines came to town after WWII, the hotel became the centrepiece of the government agency's plan to turn Temagami into a Banff-like destination. That fell apart in the face of local opposition.

Dan O'Connor was the prime mover behind its construction (along with the Temagami Inn and the Lady Evelyn Hotel) in 1905. Ronnoco is his name spelled backward. O'Connor was the former mayor of Sudbury where he was a lumberman, prospector and hotel operator. He is considered the village of Temagami's founder.

The Ronnoco was renamed the Minawassi in 1946 and burned down in 1973. It stood just north of the current town hall. This photo, looking north, was likely taken in the 1950s.

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