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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Barrie > Molson Brewery
Molson Brewery
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created by ziggy on 11/12/2005 11:07 PM
last modified by The Seeker on 11/10/2010 9:29 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.

 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information

Barrie, Ontario
Owner: For Lease
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • water
  • air quality
  •  Interesting Features
    Brewhouse, remenenc of a grow op, vacant bar, huge roof and factory floors, etc.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • 24 hour guard
  • locked gates
  • 2 barbed wire fences
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 0
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
  •  Recommended Equipment
    breathing mask
    In 1967, 597 acres were annexed from Innisfil by the City of Barrie to accommodate the establishment of the Formosa Spring Brewery, now Molson's.

     Media Coverage

    Massive marijuana bust symptom of 'epidemic'

    Police estimate there are about 15,000 illegal marijuana grow operations in Ontario.
    CP 2004-01-13 04:09:25

    A marijuana "factory" concealed within a sprawling old brewery just steps from one of Ontario's busiest highways is proof Canada's pot problem has reached "epidemic proportions," police said yesterday. The former Molson brewery in Barrie, plainly visible from Highway 400, one of the province's busiest commuter routes, was raided on the weekend by about 100 city and provincial police officers acting on a tip.

    Inside, police found marijuana with what they said had an estimated street value of $30 million, along with a grow operation of staggering proportions -- the largest and most sophisticated in modern Canadian history.

    "This is not a ma and pa operation," Barrie police Chief Wayne Frechette said at a news conference in this city an hour's drive north of Toronto.

    Across a 5,400-square-metre complex the size of a football field, police found more than 25,000 pot plants growing everywhere -- even inside the cavernous indoor vats once used to brew beer.

    Molson closed the brewery in 2000 and sold it to a company that leases space to about half a dozen businesses. The other companies included trucking companies and a bottling company, police said.

    A police video shot shortly after the raid showed the vats teeming with marijuana plants and an elaborate electrical room where hydro was used to power the lights that facilitate the growing process.

    Huge drawers, used to spread harvested marijuana to dry, were seen in the video, each one brimming with buds.

    "This particular marijuana factory is the largest and most sophisticated I'm aware of in Canada," said provincial police deputy commissioner Vaughn Collins.

    "Commercial marijuana operations have reached epidemic proportions in Ontario; they are in every community and most are controlled by organized crime."

    The facility was set up to operate 24 hours a day and included living quarters capable of housing as many as 50 people at once, said OPP Det. Staff Sgt. Rick Barnum.

    "These areas . . . included common areas with beds, televisions, fridges and stoves similar to dormitory-type facilities," Barnum said.
     Future Plans
    Biofuel plant and mixed use commercial park.
    My first trip
    Sun, Nov 13th, 2005
    posted by ziggy

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    Mid-Day Planting.
    Sat, Nov 12th, 2005
    posted by ziggy
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    Sat, Dec 10th, 2005
    posted by Dukkah
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    Molson Brewery Video Exploration
    Sun, May 6th, 2007
    posted by CopySix
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    CopySix & Jef @ Molson
    Sat, May 19th, 2007
    posted by CopySix
    13 pictures
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    My trip on June 24, 2007
    Tue, Jun 26th, 2007
    posted by phrenzee
    10 pictures
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    Molson UrbEx Trinity
    Thu, Jul 5th, 2007
    posted by CopySix
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    neX, Syn & MWB: July 22nd 2007
    Sun, Jul 22nd, 2007
    posted by z0th
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    Molson Demolition - January 2008
    Sun, Jan 13th, 2008
    posted by z0th
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    Molson Breweries Barrie - Exterior
    Sun, Jun 3rd, 2007
    posted by z0th
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