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History Hound puts heritage twist on Coldest Night of the Year

Richard MacLeod will explore the history of Newmarket's World War 2 military camp while raising funds for Inn From The Cold
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Richard MacLeod (right) with one of his teams at a past Coldest Night of the Year heritage walk.

Walkers can learn more about Newmarket history while supporting Inn From The Cold with The History Hound Richard MacLeod. 

On Feb. 25, the same day as Coldest Night of the Year, he will be hosting a heritage walk near downtown Newmarket to talk about the old military camp located there during World War 2. 

In 1940, Newmarket town council decided to lease town properties including the fairgrounds to the federal government to become a basic army training camp. 

The camp involved 45 buildings and aimed to train 1,000 men each month. 

MacLeod will dive into this history during his walk at 2 p.m. on Feb. 25, starting at Riverwalk Commons and going on the short walk to the site of the former military camp and then back to Riverwalk. It will be back before 4 p.m. for anyone who wants to join the other walkers in Coldest Night of the Year. 

You can join the walk by donating $25 to The History Hounders team online. If a walk in the winter isn't appealing, MacLeod will also hold a space for you on a heritage walk later in 2023. 

The heritage walk is MacLeod's annual twist on the Coldest Night of the Year walk. 

Coldest Night of the Year is an annual fundraiser for local shelters. The Newmarket walk is in support of Inn From The Cold and launches from Riverwalk Commons with check-in at 4 p.m. and the walk departing at 5 p.m. 

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