Fran’s had been left empty for years. No one bought it or leased it and this year it was demolished. The Fran’s restaurant chain is still around, mainly in Toronto. But, not in Barrie any more.
Maclean’s posted – 11 ghost towns to see before they’re completely gone, in 2012. So it is not a fresh list. There were two in Ontario. I think there are two Nicholson, Ontario’s. I will look into both of these and see what I can find out.
Looking for something really urbex to wear? Consider a print of a manhole cover. This site has a project creating prints from manhole (sewer) covers. There are events and workshops. You could make your own.
Raubdruckerin uses drain covers as a printing module for textiles and paper. By pressing a garment on a drain cover coated with paint, the surface is being transferred as a graphical pattern onto the desired object. After first experiments in 2006 Raubdruckerin is meanwhile printing in streets all over the world. Currently the collection shows objects from more than 20 cities.