Interview by Sharon Johnson of Ella McIlroy (1977) AUDIO spoken by Paul Janes and Mary Janes
Question: What was Grand Bend like when you first arrived?
Mrs. McIlroy: It was a beautiful and quaint summer resort, and I don't think I had ever seen a nicer beach. Everything seemed to be sand. There were a few cottages along the lake front, from the main street south to the pier. There were about three from the main street north near the beach, and the odd ones through the grove. There were very few streets and there were picnic grounds and stables for the horses. On picnic days, people from Exeter and other nearby places would come here. There were two hotels, the Imperial, which is now Kelly's, and the Brenner, which is now the Colonial Hotel.