From Cannery to Rustic Home

Transforming an old canning factory in southern Ontario into an idyllic getaway residence and event space.

When Toronto graphic designer Cliff Smith found it in 2005, the century-old brick and mortar cannery an hour’s drive east of Toronto was in ruins. The walls of the main structure needed mending, and the metal siding on the adjacent plank barn had been mostly stripped, scavenged and carted away. The 1.5-hectare rural site, located down a two-lane county road and with only one other house across the street for a neighbour, was a dismal spectacle.


Author: John Bentley Mays

Photography by: Peter Sellar

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