Jun 082013

Getting lost while driving sucks.  Granted it sucks less when it does not happen to you and even less so when it creates a great opportunity for a short weekend road trip to a cool new place.  Such was the case when Elaine was lost driving a few weeks ago and stumbled on a place called “Docville” in Newcastle, Ontario.

Docville is a Wild West Park and movie set constructed almost solely by Steve Holliday during the last 20 years.  Steve has built up recreations of Saloons, a General Store, Trappers Cabin, The OK Corral, Saw Mill, Livery Stable, the Docville Hotel and of course the Sheriff’s office.  Obviously, the place name is a reference to Doc Holliday and Tombstone.  Docville is free to visit and they are more than welcoming to “stumble upon” visitors.  On May 25th, Elaine and I got on the Harley and road out to Newcastle.  We grabbed our cameras and decided to take some photos and get a tour of Docville.  The fellow who came out to greet us was more than willing to show us around and was a great host.  Not bad for free eh?

"Main Street" in Docville

“Main Street” in Docville

Elaine took some great photos with her Panasonic G3.  I took my Pentax K-5, a zoom lens, the cheap Holga lens, some lensbaby optics as well as my Olympus E-P1 which was used solely for the lensbaby shots.  I kind of figured a lo-fi retro look would suit this subject matter.  Yeah, it’s really cliched, but I felt it looked better than a technically accurate colour “Xerox” of the scene.

That Holga Look

That Holga Look

For more info on Docville, check out their website and also the Inn Seekers website, which provides more information and directions.

Here are Elaine’s photos:

These are my photos: