Balaclava is a ghost town in the Bonnechere Valley (pronounced by the locals in a very English way as Bonch-er) part of the larger Ottawa Valley, near Renfrew.
The sawmill, the most impressive ghostly building, was built in 1855 and rebuilt in 1936 after a fire. It was actually used until 1959 or 1967 (the accounts vary) when local timber stands became too depleted, and the mill was no longer economically viable. Actually, reading between the lines, it would appear that the mill’s glory day had passed long before then. Whenever it occurred, however, the closing of the mill turned Balaclava into a genuine ghost town.
This mill was water-powered, but an odd factoid is that it was taken to court under early anti-pollution legislation way back in in 1903 for dumping sawdust in the creek. A sawdust burner was subsequently constructed, and it still stands (see third photo, below).
By the 1860s, the town had acquired both a blacksmith and a hotel. I have every reason to suspect that the building shown in the next two photos was the hotel. Whether it also housed the smithy and a general store, I know not.
Beside the hotel is a red barn-like structure on the little lake. I imagine that it’s possible that this could also have been the smithy.
I don’t know the name of the lake, but the sawmill is on Constant Creek, so this could be Constant Lake … or not … because Google Maps refuses to reveal this top secret.