Local History

Explore. Discover. Connect.

Our Local History section is filled with a variety of resources such as: local and provincial newspapers, books, maps, genealogy and ancestry, photo albums and more!

These resources can also be found DIGITALLY on our "Local History Drive". 

For our mobile users: To view more of what our Local History section has to offer, please head to a desktop (eg. computer or laptop)

Quick Fun Facts

About Your Library

  • The Burk's Falls Armour & Ryerson Union Public Library first opened on January 20th, 1896!

  • We are over 120 years old!

  • The Library was once located in the rear of Mrs. Dan Wilson's Millinery Store            (south of the former pharmacy)

  • Local authors have library cards here and visit regularly!

  • Former Reeve and MPP Stan Darling had visited the Library and donated his book: "The Darling Diaries"!

  • As of 2018, we have our entire Newspaper Clippings Collection on a digital hard drive!

Every town has a story... learn about ours

“Discover the past in two ways with the Burk’s Falls and District Historical Society. Go back to school at the Wiseman’s Corner Schoolhouse in Ryerson Township, complete with desks, chalkboard, and an antique bell. Then, step into another era at the Watt Century Farmhouse in Armour Township, a re-creation of an early 1900s-homestead. See Burk’s Falls through the eyes of those who settled here 125 years ago.” 

Be sure to check out the Burk’s Falls District Historical Society website to learn more!

Where Am I?

The answer to that question is right here with our local and provincial maps!

Discover the History of You...

Equipped with a Microfiche filled with newspaper articles of Births, Deaths and Marriages and Books, we have lots of information about families that have visited or settled within the region! 

Need more information?

We have provided links to helpful websites to help you with your research!

Everyone LOVES Meetings!

Library Board Meetings happen once a month throughout each year. All meetings are documented and information is recorded for legal purposes. They record all topics of information covered such as the meeting agenda, financial statements, budgets and decisions for the Library. These are called "Minutes". Observe as Library meetings progress through time from 1956 to present!

Terry Boyle

1953 - 2016

Terry Boyle was a regular patron at the Burk’s Falls Armour & Ryerson Union Public Library. He served as a Board Trustee on the Library Board from 2015 to 2016. He was a Canadian author, lecturer and teacher who shared his love and passion for history and folklore in his many books since 1976, including four Haunted Ontario titles. He hosted a television show: “Creepy Canada” and a radio show on Classical 103.1 FM called “Discover Ontario”.

He also hosted popular Entwood Tours, haunted and historic guided walks in Parry Sound and Bala, Ontario nearly every summer season, as well as “Evening With An Author” at the library almost every Halloween.

We were truly saddened to hear of his passing on Monday, July 11th, 2016.

Terry's wife donated books from his personal collection to the Library, which can be browsed through in his Memorial Display.

In honour of Terry and his love for education and knowledge, the Burk's Falls Public Library has created a bursary for students wanting to pursue post-secondary education.

Please contact the Library directly if you would like more information.

      A Visit Will Get You Thinking

Burk's Falls Armour & Ryerson Union Public Library

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