Continue up the trail from the Causeway, which looks down onto the lagoon. At the top of the trail turn right along Melmore Road for about 50m. On the left you will see Evergreen Hall, and the Old  Dorm a little beyond (7). Based on 1937 map.

Evergreen Hall

The hall was built in 1941 as then YWCA Holiday House, then used as a clubhouse for the guest of the Union Estates resort Hotel, Mt. Strahan Lodge. People remember Evergreen Hall for the many social events organized there, particularly the dances held during the 1950’s. After the hotel was demolished and the Union properties sold, Evergreen Hall kept its community profile. It has hosted many island tea parties, dinners and dances. Now it is a popular bed and breakfast.

The Dormitory

Next door to Evergreen Hall is the Dormitory. It was built in the late 1940’s as a dormitory for the employees of the Union Estates resort. The hotel retained a large seasonal staff to provide the comfort and services for which the Union Estates was famous. Today, the dormitory is operating as a bed and breakfast. Tastefully renovated, it retains little of its former spartan style.

Across the street was the site of the orchard that surrounded twenty four popular “Deluxe Cottages”, and some heritage apple trees can still be seen. This open space was also the site of the tennis courts, bowling green, putting green and paddling pool, and the waterfront location of the Mount Strahan Lodge.

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