Commanda: A Changing Community

Creator(s): Commanda Heritage Centre

The general store was the hub and the heart of the community for the 19th-century settlers who braved harsh conditions to forge new lives for themselves in Canada - and the Commanda General Store was a classic of its kind. In the late 1800s, the village of Commanda sprang up as a way station along the Old Nipissing Road - one of the last routes built to entice immigrants to Ontario's near north. Now a museum, the Commanda General Store is the only remaining commercial building in what was once a thriving village.

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