Built around 1895, the club rooms were located directly across from the Gillies Bros. administrative office. It was one of several buildings erected by Gillies Bros. which was covered in cedar shingles manufactured in their Klondike Mill. The long two story building contained 50 rooms for the lumbermen on the upper story. The main floor contained rooms for functions such bridal showers, card games, fund-raising activities and dances. Community groups such as the Braeside Women’s Institute regularly held meetings there. It was demolished in 1957.
The Braeside Inn was built by Gillies Bros. in 1888 to provide room and board for workers who needed seasonal accommodation. The Inn expanded in sections in response to Gillies Bros. increased workforce. The western section contained a medical clinic and a small library. Administrative staff from Gillies Bros. office often ate their noon meal in the large dining room located on the main floor. It was demolished by Gerald Desjardins in March 1979.
In December 1965, a bylaw was passed by Braeside Council to commemorate Canada's Centennial by building a new municipal office with an estimated cost of $25,000.00. Coming in on budget, M. Sullivan & Son of Arnprior constructed the building which was located on Centre Street near the fire hall. Reeve Dick Robbins and council members Frank Kelford, Neil Mullen, John A. Gillies and Bill Meek presided over the opening ceremonies which took place September 6, 1967.
In January 1998, amalgamation throughout the province of Ontario resulted in Braeside joining McNab Township to become the Municipality of McNab/Braeside. The Braeside municipal building was then used by the volunteer fire department.
The Loyal Orange Lodge No. 169 in Braeside was established at a meeting held on the 21st of September, 1894. John A. Neil was elected its first Master. By 1907, sufficient interest and funds were raised to erect a hall which officially opened in November 1909. It served as an informal community centre where many people gathered to celebrate social and special events, regardless of religious affiliation. It is now a private residence.
This brick, three room school was built in 1878. It served both French and English, Roman Catholic and Protestant families for 75 years. It is presently used as a storage building for Braeside Home Furnishings.
Rail service to Braeside ran from 1865 to 2009. The first train station at Braeside was located directly across from Gillies Bros. first mill building. It was destroyed by fire in June, 1919. A new station was built at the base of Arthur's Hill, close to the road, which was replaced by a two story building sometime before 1926. It was demolished some time in the 1980’s.
Built by the Presbyterian Congregation in 1902, this church functioned as the United Church between 1925 and 2016 when it was sold. It is now used as a private residence. Covered in cedar shingles, the interior was constructed of pine from Gillies Mill.
Reverend Henry Usborne from Portage du Fort built a mill at Braeside in 1870. It was purchased by Gillies Bros. of Carleton Place in 1873. Expanded significantly in 1890’s, the mill exported mainly white pine lumber from this location using rail to the US and overseas markets. Circular saws were replaced with more efficient band saws which increased annual production to 35 million board feet. Numerous buildings located at this site included: lumber sheds, an oil house, the Canadian Pacific Railway station, a storage shed, drive shed, sorting tables, lathe mill, a brick chimney, saw mill with cupola (built by Usborne) and a bullet nose refuse burner. This mill was entirely destroyed by fire June 23 1919.
This was the third school house which was built for the students of White Lake in 1889. In the early 1900’s the school drew older students from a wide area including Springtown, Burnstown and Waba as it offered a “Continuation School” which would be equivalent to a junior high school program today. No other schools in McNab Township offered classes beyond Grade 8 at that time. It contained two classrooms which were heated with hardwood purchased from local farmers. Students gathered water in a pail from the Waba creek which ran behind the property as there was no running water until 1964. The building was painted white and at one time the trim was painted dark green. Throughout the years, school socials and performances were conducted to raise funds for improvements and maintenance of the building. The wooden floor boards were painted and waxed until at least 1957 when the Trustees noted that linoleum would be a suitable floor covering. The same report lists a total school population of only 18 (6 students in Grades 5 & 6, 3 students in Grade 7 & 8). In the period 1870-1920, there were as many as 45 students attending this school. When the new McNab Public School opened in 1967, this school was closed. In about 1978, the “White School” burned down and a residence now occupies the site. It was located on the east side of the Arnprior-White Lake Road, north of Waba Creek on what was known to local residents as “school hill”.