George May

George May was a Bell Telephone project engineer who established the telephone infrastructure in ‘Town One’ which became Ingleside, Ontario

“The feeling that I try to maintain on it is the fact that there was a lot of electricity generated in that power house, there.

If you total up what entered into New York and what came into Canada, there were a lot of people benefited from all that electricity. That’s the plus side.

The down side, of course, is the disappearance of those municipalities that were around there for a long, long time. And then they were suddenly, they suddenly disappeared.”

George May’s Voice

George May Interview Audio Excerpts, Colonel By Retirement Residence, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. August 30, 2013

Upside of the project. Versus the downside

It looks like roads go under the water. It’s the other way around, the water came up over the roadway.

Town One and Town Two. Town One became Ingleside. It was named Town One because it was the closest to Toronto where the Ontario Hydro Headquarters were.

Like a lot of other things in life there is a downside and an upside. Sometimes its a little difficult to determine one from the other.


Video Excerpt: George May Interview, Colonel By Retirement Residence, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. August 30, 2013

In this video clip George May sets out what he sees as the pros and cons of St Lawrence Seaway project. Ingleside was a brand-new clean-sheet ultra-modern place established to house the people from the communities of Aultsville, Farran's Point, Wales and Dickinson's Landing, all destroyed by the construction of the Seaway.


George May was a recently graduated engineer from Queens University. His first job as a project engineer was with Bell Telephone on the Seaway Project establishing the telephone infrastructure in ‘Town One’ (so called because it was the closest to Toronto) which became Ingleside, Ontario. He spent his entire career with Bell.