White Otter Castle

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White Otter Castle is 3-story log house that hermit James Alexander “Jimmy” McOuat built all by himself between 1903 and 1915. McOuat built it for a woman he intended to marry, but in 1918, before this could be arranged, he drowned while fishing and is buried in a nearby grave. McOuat’s ghost has been seen in and around the castle and near the Turtle River, where he drowned. Strange noises also have been heard coming from the castle.

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Geographic Information

White Otter Lake
Ignace, Ontario

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49.17093066018649, -91.90876722335815
Kenora District
Nearest Towns:
Ignace, ON (20.2 mi.)
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Atikokan, ON (32.0 mi.)
Crilly, ON (33.7 mi.)
Dyment, ON (35.8 mi.)
Mine Centre, ON (42.6 mi.)
Kawene, ON (43.4 mi.)
Dinorwic, ON (45.2 mi.)
Dinorwick, ON (45.2 mi.)


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