Midhurst developed organically, along a natural highway

Willow Creek was the indigenous peoples’ path for thousands of years before first contact.

Midhurst is not an “arrogant abstraction” but a near-perfect adaptation to the landscape. Those Penetanguishene Road pioneers would not have hung around if the Willow hadn’t been harnessed. A grist mill was essential for settlement.


Civilization in Canada, as elsewhere, has advanced geometrically across the country, throwing down the long parallel lines of the railways, dividing up the farm lands into chessboards of square-mile sections and concession-line roads. There is little adaptation to nature: in both architecture and arrangement, Canadian cities and villages express rather an arrogant abstraction, the conquest of nature by an intelligence that does not love it…

The Bush Garden: Essays on the Canadian Imagination, Northrop Frye, 1971, p. 224.


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