Founded by Charles Layton in 1902

Founder Charles Layton began Layton's Lumber in North Sydney, where the Marine Atlantic Ferry docks are now located. In those early years, Charles ran two yards, one in North Sydney and one in Sydney Mines where the lumber yard still stands today. In 1904, there was a fire at the North Sydney yard so Charles decided to close that operation and build up the yard in Sydney Mines. At that time, Sydney Mines was a growing community with coal mines and a steel plant. The business grew and became the first business in town to have a delivery truck. The yard grew in size over the years, and the business grew in the services they offered the community and surrounding area. The lumber yard survived both World Wars, the Great Depression and continues to thrive to this day.

Charles eventually turned the operation of the lumber business over to his son, Harold. Harold, in turn, passed the business on to his son, Charlie. Today, Charlie works side by side with his son, Donald. Together they operate the business. 

Store Circa 1902 Harold & Della Layton

We've been a member of Castle since 2008.

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