Trout Creek is a small hydro town of less than a 1000. My time in Trout Creek has always been brief – usually passing through on an early morning drive up or down Highway 11. And each time I’ve been through, no matter what hour or what weather, there are always a few people milling about outside the general store. Small town life always surprises you.
Settlers came up in 1880s when railroad was being built. With the creation of a rail station and a few other amenities, settlers came in to log nearby Algonquin Provincial Park, and with the discovery of a waterfall, tap the rivers for a sawmill and for electricity. A hotel was eventually built but unfortunately, everything was destroyed in 1892 by fire.
Today Trout Creek still has logging and still has a sawmill. There is a little library in town, as well as a few shops and stores. The Trout Creek Hotel and TJ’s Restaurant and Motel have room and board both, while the Princess Motel and Tracy’s Fresh Abundance Restaurant have room and board, respectively. Trout Creek hosts a winter carnival every February and a fishing derby in July.
Trout Creek is the home of former Boston marathon winner James Corkery.