Cooper’s Falls, Ravina Ambwani

Cooper’s Falls is one of the many ghost towns located within Ontario. Located approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes north of Toronto, you will find a town that on the surface looks to have been abandoned for years, and yet Cooper’s Falls still holds much life. Cooper’s Falls is a photographic book documenting the town’s past, present and future. Throughout the fall and winter of 2020-21, I spent a great deal of time in the town, researching its history and interviewing its remaining inhabitants. Spending time in Cooper’s Falls allowed me to gather a sense of how the town and its community functioned during its more prosperous times in the early 1900’s, and where it might be heading in years to come.

It is a common occurrence that when a town begins to die, its structures and community are forgotten. This book is an attempt to salvage some parts of Cooper’s Fall and preserve them for posterity. Many may think that once a town is abandoned, everything is gone but this was not the case for Cooper’s Falls. Rather than disappear with the town, many of the town’s residents remain, fighting to keep the town’s history alive and to not be forgotten. Cooper’s Falls is meant to keep their history alive.