Different times, the original houses would of been difficult to move as they were all very large and owned by the very rich. I haven't referenced the houses moved thread, but the two main reason that houses were moved was the building of the Skyway Bridge and any house in the way was demolished or moved, also houses were moved from Van Wagner's due to storm exposure and then the complete (almost) removal of all homes due to the building of Confederation Park.
“I could get some direct quotes from the book, "Memories of Van Wagner's Beach and Parkview Survey", but I don't it at this time.
However, the people did own the land that their homes were on, some welcomed the new park and some didn't.
The only Beach residents that had homes but didn't own the land was on the Burlington side, , these where all cottages that had a 99 year lease on the land located between the lake and the rail line.”
so was it the case that when a person bought a lot on the beach, either the north or south side of the canal, he/she had to pay something to the city of Hamilton each year? Something that wasn’t land taxes, but was used for the parks? The quote from Dorothy Turcotte’s book is very vague.