Mr. Yearley owned a successful sewer and water construction company in Toronto. In 1961 he retired to the area. Using local labourers as well as men and equipment from the Yearley and Reed Construction Company of Toronto, he constructed 3 ponds and stocked them with trout. These ponds were completed during the mid 1960s and are now a part of a large tract of crown land adjacent to the Yearley Centre.
The former Huntsville Board of Education first used the facilities in the late 1960s for outdoor education. Later, the Muskoka Board of Education expanded this use until it became apparent that larger facilities were needed.
During the summer of 1981, three portable classroom buildings were moved to the site. Two of these were converted into girls’ and boys’ dormitories and the third into a kitchen dining area. The old garage, which is located next to the original house, has been converted into washrooms, complete with toilets, basins and showers.
The Yearley Outdoor Education Centre is now part of the Trillium Lakelands DSB and hosts approximately 2000 students per year.
Specific directions are as follows:
At Huntsville take Muskoka Road #3 Travel west on Muskoka Road # 3 for 15 km to the hamlet of Aspdin (Points to watch for – railroad tracks, flashing amber light at Domtar Road, Aspdin has a small white Community Church with a cemetery and a wrecking yard on the corner of Muskoka Road #3 and Yearley Road) at Aspdin turn right (north) onto Yearley Road ( Muskoka Road #31) and drive 13 km (15 minutes) (Points to watch for – this road feels long and remote – check odometer reading! Drive past Wolf Paw Road on left, past small lake, past Stisted Township Landfill Site Road on left, past Etwell Road on Right, past Cardwell Lake Road on left – you are almost there!) at T junction, turn right for 300 metres (white house on corner, YEarley Community Centre on left) Yearley Outdoor Education Centre is on the right side, turn into first driveway 2424 Yearley Road
If a student is allergic to any food the class decides to eat, then it is very important to inform the teacher. The menu can be changed or a food substitute could be provided for the student.