Travel Options – Revisited

Courtesy of Parkbus

Courtesy of Parkbus

Travelling to any Provincial Park is difficult if you don’t have a car at your disposal.  I’m one of those people who rely on other forms of transportation when it comes to getting into Algonquin.  Even though we don’t have the option our ancestors and Tom Thomson did years ago when it comes to getting into Algonquin Park, there are still a few options available to those who don’t have a car.

  1. Park Bus:  The Park Bus is THE BEST travel option.  Since I posted about it in 2012 the Parkbus has gone on to expand to a variety of parks and their schedule takes you in almost whenever you want to go.  The Park Bus takes you to various points through out the HWY 60 corridor.  This is the schedule and stops that the Park Bus makes:
      TORONTO – ALGONQUIN
    T1 York Mills   7:00 am
    T2 30 Carlton Street 7:30 am
    T3 Dufferin and Bloor 7:45 am
      ALGONQUIN – TORONTO
    A6 Lake Opeongo 1:30 pm
    A5 Pog Lake 1:50 pm
    A4 Lake of Two Rivers 1:55 pm
    A3 Canoe Lake 2:10 pm
    A2 West Gate 2:25 pm
    A1 Oxtongue
    Wolf Den
    2:35 pm
  2. Ontario Northland:  Since I’ve posted this you are only allowed to take the bus now to Huntsville.  You can then take a cab into the park from there…be warned it is an expensive option unless you have family/friends in the area.
  3. Greyhound:  You can take the greyhound to Maynooth which is at the south east tip of the park.  There is an outfitter there (Algonquinbackpacker.com) that offers daily shuttles into the park.

Overall the Park bus is your best option.  You are not able to take Canoes on the bus but it does stop at Algonquin Outfitters on Opeongo Lake where you can rent canoes as well as the Portage Store.  The bus will also drop you off at two campgrounds: Pog Lake and Lake of Two Rivers.  Two Rivers has a store on site so you can grab any groceries that you need like your perishable foods.  I hope this helps you try to find the best way into the park this summer…I plan on riding the Park Bus again this summer!

~Enjoy your trip

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Planning a Solo Canoe Trip – Pt 2 #blogathon2

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So you’ve decided that you are going to do this canoe trip and you are excited to start planning but you have no idea where to start?  That’s OK!  Everyone starts off here :).  You have a few things to decide first before you go headstrong into planning anyways.   These are things we are going to discuss this morning!  Not only can these be applied to a solo canoe trip, but all these posts can be used for any canoe trip!

So the big question is….

WHERE DO I GO?

There are a few deciding factors before you can answer this question:

  1. Have you done a canoe trip before?
  2. Is this your first solo trip?
  3. Is this your first time camping?

If you answered no to the first question and yes to any of the other questions then as a general plan you should look into the most basic of canoe trips….a paddle in site!

PADDLE IN SITES

The Orange Triangles are Sites on Canisbay Lake that you can paddle into

The Orange Triangles are Sites on Canisbay Lake that you can paddle into

So in all reality every campsite in the interior is considered a paddle in site but for our purpose I’m talking the ones that are attached to a campground or that have no portaging.

Canisbay Lake and Rock Lake are the only two campgrounds along the Highway 60 corridor that have paddle in sites available.  Each lake offers a different experience in terms of paddling and distance to the sites.  The picture above is of Canisbay Lake.  It’s a smaller and less windy than Rock Lake.  The sites along Canisbay are great!  The one at the far end of the lake (the last site on the left hand shore) is my favorite!  It has a nice rock that you can jump off, a great campfire spot, and you get some gorgeous sunsets!  It’s also the most remote of all the sites so it’s quieter!

The Islands (if you can get them) are the best places to camp!

The Islands (if you can get them) are the best places to camp!

Rock Lake is a different paddling experience all together.  There are islands available for you to camp on, but be prepared that they are the most popular sites!  Rock Lake also allows motor boats and because it’s attached to Galeairy Lake and Whitney you tend to get some slightly bigger boats than fishing boats.  The thing about Rock Lake that I’m not the biggest fan of is that it’s a windy lake.  Typically on the paddle out.  You tend to head straight into the winds.

Overall Paddle In sites are the way to go if you’ve never done this before or are just testing out your ability to handle sitting around the campfire talking to yourself haha.  Because these sites are attached to campgrounds you can always do a one night trip and camp the night before in the campground.  This is also great if you have a family camping trip and you want to try it while people are within an hours paddle away.  That way if you can’t handle it or Yogi visits you…you have the option of going back.

INTERIOR SITES

If you are a confident canoer and are ready to tackle the challenge of doing a portage solo then doing an interior canoe trip is probably your style.  Before you go out on your own though, as a safety precaution, make sure you have a way to communicate with someone in case something goes wrong…better to be safe!

Canoe Lake to Tom Thomson Lake

Canoe Lake to Tom Thomson Lake

When looking into going beyond the first lakes along Hwy 60 you need to take some things into consideration:

  1. What is your skill level?
  2. Are you ok with portaging?
  3. How much does your gear weigh?
  4. Do you have a way to communicate in case of emergency?

These are all things you need to consider.  If you are embarking on your first solo trip but have only done a handful of other canoe trips you may not want to choose paddling up Opeongo and tackling the Dickson-Bonfield portage alone.  You’ll want to stick with something simple like Canoe Lake to Joe Lake (see the pic above) because there is only one portage involved.  However if you’ve been doing canoe trips for years with the guys and want to tackle a solo trip then you may be able to handle two or three portages.  For me…to start out..the less portages the better!  The other thing to take into consideration is the weight of your canoe and pack together.  It’s one thing to have a super light canoe and a light pack…but once you add them together the weight can add up.  Do you really need those three pairs of jeans?  Do you need to put on your makeup out in the wilderness?  Can you live without your pillow?  Ask yourself these questions before heading out!

So…we’ve looked at our options and we’ve decided the type of trip we’re taking…next post we’ll be planning the route.  That post will be include a video so we can look at various routes.

~Enjoy your trip!

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How NOT to do a Canoe Trip in #AlgonquinPark!

One of the things I’ve learnt over the years is how to get more efficient in my packing skills.  Because I used to travel with my family all summer long in Algonquin it didn’t matter what I packed because we weren’t having to carry it.  Now as I get older and go on my own I’m really starting to get choosy on what I pack and how much weight it means on my back!  In 2008 we went on a canoe trip with another family.  It was their first time so I’ll cut them some slack but I swear we brought everything but the kitchen sink!  The pic below is just SOME of the gear we packed….the rest was in my truck.  I’ve never had to do a portage in multiple trips…especially  between Smoke Lake and Ragged Lake.  It was bad.  Last year the same thing happened but it was slightly justified by the fact that we took the water taxi and had a fire ban so a stove was a must.

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That all being said…I’ve also seen some canoe trips where people have left behind some key gear!  Below are some things that have been seen/done that I would hate for you to do and ruin your trip!

  1. Forgetting your Life Jackets!  This is one that is seen all the time.  Novice canoers who can’t swim or who have limited swimming ability thinking that a canoe is impossible to tip going out without their life jackets.  The thing is…it can be easier than you think to tip a canoe and even if you do know how to swim…it can be extremely dangerous as the weight of your clothes can weigh you down or there’s no one around to rescue you.
  2. Over Packing!  The picture above is a key example of over packing.  If you can’t make your portage in one trip and you are only going for a few days then you’ve packed way to much.  Even if you are going for 20 days, you still need to pack light.  There is a ton of ultra light gear available if you are willing to spend the money or if you wish to rent it from one of the many outfitters.  Your back will thank you in the long run.
  3. Planning a Trip that a Pro Wouldn’t Do!  I would never even think of taking on a 4 day solo trip where I didn’t have a base camp or if I’ve never done the route before.  I’m not a pro…I would rather do something I know I can accomplish rather than being defeated on day 2 and having to head back early because I hurt myself.  If you are doing your first trip why plan something difficult!  How do you know you are going to like canoe tripping?  Plan something easy and basic.  There’s nothing that says you HAVE to do the hardest trip out there to prove yourself.
  4. Packing Food that will Spoil!  I love having fresh food on a trip but I’m not about to risk it spoiling because I didn’t plan ahead.  If you are dead set on having that fresh steak then freeze it first.  It will thaw on the way so it’s ready for dinner.  The same with hamburgers.  They will act like ice packs for the rest of your food.  However if you are going longer than a couple of days then you will want to pack non-perishable or dehydrated food.
  5. Not Being Prepared for Rain!  Algonquin Park tends to have it’s own weather patterns.  Always be prepared for rain because the weather may say that there is none forecast but you don’t know what will happen further into the park.  I always have a poncho and a tarp in my gear.  This way I can stay dry and keep my cooking area/fire covered as well.  That being said…have some warmer layers just in case as well.  If you get wet you will want to get warm.

This is just some of the things I’ve seen over the years.  I really want you to be able to enjoy yourself so I hope that this will help you prepare a little bit more!  Next week marks the 96th anniversary of Tom Thomson’s death.  In honor of that I will be paddling Canoe Lake on July 12th.  I would love for you to join me.  If you are planning joining me…shoot me an email and let me know :).

~Enjoy your trip

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Summer Reading

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As i get ready for some trips this year I’m in the process of updating my e-reader.  I have some guaranteed books that never leave it…like anything about Tom Thomson.  However, I do get stumped sometimes as to what would be good to read.  This got me thinking…what are your favorite books to read while camping/canoeing?

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Where Should You Go?

It’s that time of year where most of us campers and canoers are really trying to figure out where to go for this years trip.  I myself am still trying to figure out where I want to go with my dad for our annual trip.  Here are some route ideas/suggestions for your canoe trip.

1.  Annie’s Bay or North Arm, Opeongo Lake: This is a great trip and also a very easy trip.  The reason I say easy is because you can eliminate all the hard work by taking a water taxi up to either part of Opeongo Lake.  The taxi will take you directly to your site and then you go from there.

2.  Canoe to Teepee Lake to Tom Thomson: I have recommended Canoe Lake as a starting point many times.  There’s a reason for this.  Canoe Lake is one of the most popular take off spots in Algonquin.  If you are a first timer and aren’t quite comfortable going into the wilderness then you will be surrounded by other canoers and cottagers so you don’t feel quite so alone.  This route is probably less travelled compared to Canoe to Burnt Island but this trip has less portages (makes me happier!).  There may be some beaver dams built along the rivers but other than that its mostly paddling.

3.  Barron Canyon:  This is the trip that I want to do this year.  I’ve hiked it when I was 11/12 but I’ve never had the chance to canoe it.    The thing about the Barron Canyon is that it is a one way trip.  You will need a shuttle between Squirrel Rapids and the Parking lot at the Achray Access point.  You will encounter quite a few portages as you go from Grand Lake down to the Brigham Chute however most people camp between Sutton Lake or Opalescent Lake.  This is probably like a 2 to 3 day trip.

4.  Kingscote Lake:  This is more of a paddle in site trip rather than a canoe trip.  This lake is accesible from the town of Haliburton at the southern point of the park.  This is another trip that I want to do.  The thing about this trip is you paddle in to your site and then you have the option to just sit around and relax or go for day trips.

These are just some ideas for you to get the wheels turning.  There are a ton of options all around the park that you can access.

~Enjoy your trip

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Tweeting A Mystery

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Last spring, the twitterverse was immersed into a 95-year-old mystery when Tom Thomson himself took to twitter.  Over the last year he has gathered over 1500 followers and has made over 4700 tweets.  I myself started following Tom around June/July of last year and have loved every minute of it.  The cool thing about his tweets is that he makes you feel like you are on the trail with him paddling, walking, and sketching every step of the way.  He’s very interactive with his followers and has now branched into a blog.  Tom focuses on the final fall/spring of Tom Thomson’s life.  This week I had the chance to interview Tom about his journey with us on Twitter.  He also included some answers from previous interviews .

Early Spring

Jenn: Why twitter?  Why not Facebook or some other form of social media?

Tom: Twitter enabled me to construct Tom’s identity and character. That’s not possible with Facebook. As well the follower concept is different from friends on Facebook.

I’ve decided to conceal my real identity and have everyone interact with me as Tom. Only a very few people know who I am and I have sworn them to secrecy and say they are now part of the ‘ TT Inner Circle’

Also, by being covert, no one knows who I am and where I will show up. It’s all part of the ongoing mystery.
Jenn: What inspired you to become the voice of Tom Thomson? 

Tom: I’ve always known Tom. I have read most, if not all of the literature and research about Tom. I also have some ‘inside’ or local knowledge of where he grew up and what he experienced during his informative years. We’re not related, but we have relatives in the same cemetery.

Reflecting on his character, I have a lot of similarities and could relate to the situations he was in.

Tom wasn’t a big writer. Very terse and unrevealing in his prose. His tone and choice of words was actually perfect for tweets.

As well, I am fascinated by his sketches. I have been compiling as many as I can (I have several hundred now). I realized the size and quality of the boards were perfect for tweeting and look especially wonderful on mobile devices.

Jenn: Why the last spring?  Why not the 5 years that Tom explored Algonquin?

Tom: Tom’s Last Spring is a culmination of many factors and achievements. He had produced his masterpieces, the Canadian icons of the Jack Pine and the West Wind but he didn’t realize it.

The spectre of the War and the looming conscription crisis was a factor, I believe, in his plans to flee or make himself scarce.

Finally, his affair with Winnie, ran into a major complication (alleged pregnancy). I could see a man cornered with little or no choice who was about to achieve something grand. And then it didn’t happen.

There’s an exceptional story here – from hs return to Toronto in Nov 1916 – to his last spring and fate in July 1917. No one has really explored the psychological aspect, the internal drama, so to speak. I’ve realized that many people know of Tom Thomson and his death, but know nothing of the circumstances or his thoughts and feelings leading up to the end.
Jenn: What’s next in your journey?

Tom: I am re-tweeting Tom’s Last Spring once again. Like any good ghost, they are repetitive and tend to haunt the same thing over and over again.

I am using the timeline I have built, adding in more detail, and correcting things that weren’t quite right. If I do this two or three times, I will have built a completely plausible story of his last spring, and it is my hope this ‘story’ will become a part of history.

This year I am writing blog entries (In real time as best I can). I know enough the characters, structure and timeline that I can slip into character when I write. All the research is paying off.

I am thinking about turning this into a book – Tom’s Lost Journal, but I’ll see how this year goes. I’m not setting any expectation.

Early Spring, Algonquin Park
Jenn: How are you able to portray your character so flawlessly? 

Tom: Research, reflection and more research. Everyday, I try to imagine what Tom is doing. I try to reconstruct the circumstances. I am reading the papers of the day; I am reading books that he would have read, and then project what I would be thinking into his character. It’s a hell of a lot of work. I comb through material, over and over again, always thinking ‘What would Tom think (say or tweet). Generally something spontaneously pops out and voila, I have new material.

Jenn: Do you feel that if Tom were alive today that you would be as big of a deal or do you think that Tom is who he is because of the mystery and possible fates that surround his death?

Tom: Everyone loves a mystery and a tragedy. Had Tom have lived to a ripe old age, he probably would have been well-accomplished but not as well-known.

We are all ‘inventing’ Tom (phrase borrowed from Sherrill Grace). It’s this act of speculating of what might have been and what could be drawing everyone into the story. It’s like going to a theatre – plays are more powerful than any CGI movie because we are constructing ourselves the characters we see on stage and it becomes a more personal experience. Same with the tweets – when you read the tweets you have to construct the circumstance and it becomes more powerful. Just as Tom let the wood show through in his sketches, forcing the viewer to construct the picture – it makes it a much more powerful experience.

Jenn: Do you feel that had Tom survived that he and Winnie would have gotten married?

Tom: I think Tom was ready to split. Out of wedlock was such a scandal in those days. He would have gone to the Rockies out west, or my speculation he would have gone to Colorado.
Jenn: Can you please remind our readers what the possible fates surrounding the death of Tom Thomson are?

Tom: My goodness. If I can remember them – there are 7.

1. Death by accident
2. Death by suicide.
3. Death by the hands of Shannon Fraser
4. Death by the hands of Martin Blecher
5. Death by the hands of Hugh Trainor
6. Death by the hands of a Poacher
7. Disappearance, after fatal encounter with a Poacher (the poacher is the recovered body)

(I wrote these without consulting my notes)

I have my opinion on what is the most plausible one is, but I’m not telling. Also, the seventh fate, despite being the least plausible, is still a definite possibility. Who knows, direct descendants of Tom Thomson might be alive and well in Colorado today!

Wood Interior, Winter

Some previous interview responses that I found to be quite interesting:

I was wondering a bit about your background (Academia? Art historian? Curator?). Your tweets (not to mention the images to which you seem to have access) indicate you have a much richer and deeper knowledge about Tom Thomson and his era than most.1. 

I am none of the above. I am a professional, but in none of those fields. I have some close connections to Tom Thomson, but to reveal more might compromise my anonymity.

How did you come up with the idea for this mode of expression about Thomson?

I have been working on an alternative theory – and part of the exercise is to reconstruct the timeline. When I saw the twitterfeed about real-time tweets in World War II, I thought why not do not this for Tom?

I can see some reaction from some of your RTs on Twitter. What kinds of responses have you received?

The biggest, most unexpected and powerful reaction was the excitement when people are “followed by Tom Thomson” (Tom follows back every follower). I quickly realized that this tied back to the myth of Tom Thomson paddling in the park and that he might be following (as any good ghost would do). Also, I received several comments that were direct allusions to the Tragically Hip’s “Three Pistols” and I responded in kind. Also, I have numerous followers from Algonquin Park, who are excited about being “followed by Tom” – I feel like I’m bringing back to life some part of history, but also tying into an important part of the Canadian psyche. By keeping myself anonymous, people have no choice to think that they are talking to Tom and I respond in character.

There are still stories to tell…each one as different as the next and Tom is here to recount them all.  Now if only we knew what happened with Winnie and the other people who made up the township of Mowat!

Tom’s Blog: www.ttlastspring.com

Tom’s Twitter: @ttlastspring

Winnie’s Twitter: @winnietrainor (she’s been quiet lately)

~Enjoy your trip!

 

 


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A Glimpse of What Was

Back in 1917, probably not much later in the year than this, Tom Thomson started making his last trek into Algonquin Park.  Back then there were no cell phones, internet, computers, voice mail, or even phone lines really.  There was just the regular mail and telegraphs in the park.  However something astonishing happened last year in the world of twitter.  Thomson emerged from the misty lakes of Canoe Lake and started tweeting.  He tweeted his thoughts, his art, but mostly a glimpse into his very private and unknown life.

Thomson tweets specifically about his last spring in Algonquin Park.  There have been a ton of followers and interest but whats captured and captivated me was the chance to interact with the famous Canadian artist.  As mentioned in a few of my posts lasts summer there are 7 possible fates that were wildly discussed in twitterverse.  These fates vary from murder by a few people to suicide and accidental drowning.  Joining Thomson in exploring the mystery is his lover and possible mother to his child (still speculated not yet proven) is Winnie Trainor.

Follow along as he and Winnie rise from the mist and engage us all in solving one of the greatest Canadian mysteries!  Also keep an eye on my site because as events within the Algonquin area come up I will post and advertise them as we celebrate 100 years of Thomson in the area.

To follow Tom and Winnie on twitter:

Tom Thomson Last Spring: @ttlastspring
Winnie Trainor: @winnietrainor

~Enjoy your Trip!

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MacGregor, Roy: Canoe Lake | Kerry On Can Lit

This is a great write up about the book Canoe Lake by Roy MacGregor!  It gives an inside look at the Winnie Trainer Pregnancy issue.

MacGregor, Roy: Canoe Lake | Kerry On Can Lit.

All A-Twitter for Tom Thomson:

Making Canadian Art History Accessible and Interactive
By Katie Ohlke

As Canadians, we instantly recognize the iconic artwork of Tom Thomson, specifically a lone pine standing resilient against the wind, rocks and sky as a visual anthem. But who was the man behind that painting? His name is synonymous with Algonquin Park, where he died under mysterious circumstances on July 8th, 1917 on Canoe Lake and resurfaced on July 16th, 1917.

Now he is “tweeting” from beyond the grave.

Thomson, the rational mind reminds followers, has been dead for 95 years, however, when he re-tweets one of your comments or better still, interacts with you, it is nothing short of thrilling.

Tom (his true identity a closely kept secret), is always in character, tweeting his followers and responding to questions and suggestions. But there are also images, letters and documents to deepen the understanding of events. It is essentially interactive Canadian Art History in a narrative format. “In effect, I have created the “ghost” of Tom Thomson on Twitter. And this ghost has created a community of artists, outdoors enthusiasts, art collectors/dealers and museums that want to engage in his life as it was 95 years ago. People also ask me questions, about art, fishing and Winnie and I try to respond as best I can in the spirit of Tom.” said Thomson via email.

Why Twitter? “Twitter is a new medium,” replied Thomson, ”I’ve also discovered that Twitter is more like a collective stream of consciousness and I find I go to Twitter first to find out what’s going on. Twitter also has the interesting property mix of being mass communication but still allowing for 2-way communication.”

Tom has been tweeting for sometime now, leading his followers through his daily life, referencing real events and people leading up to and through his mysterious death. Recently, even his romantic interest Winnie Trainor has been tweeting for an interesting and intimate peak into a private relationship shrouded in secrecy and speculation.

Thomson is opening up the discussion to his mysterious death by introducing seven possible theories or fates; accidental drowning, suicide, death at the hand of Martin Blecher, or Shannon Fraser, or Hugh Trainor, or poacher or simply disappearing into a new life. His followers weigh in on what they think is a possibility and the discussion goes from there. Thomson notes, “This is an experiment – it’s like writing a novel, piece by piece and carrying the readers (followers) with you as you create. It’s about exploring life as it actually unfolds, not after the fact, packaged up as a product. [Also,] I am doing this because it’s fun. This is a way of giving back to the community in a different way.”

Roy MacGregor, Globe and Mail Journalist and author of “Canoe Lake” and “Northern Light: The Enduring Mystery of Tom Thomson and the Woman Who Loved Him,” is following the dialogue. “Tom on Twitter was an ingenious idea. No one ‘owns’ the truth about what happened to Tom Thomson, so nice to have ‘Tom’ himself reporting on his final spring from his own point of view.”

The allure lies in the mystery, and MacGregor sums it up, “Tom was certainly a man of few words, so 140 characters would have suited him just fine.”

Follow Tom on Twitter @ttlastspring and @winnietrainor and join the discussion.

Written by Guest Blogger Katie Ohlke from StoneRidge Art Studio
http://stoneridgeartstudio.webs.com/
Twitter: @stoneridgeart

Journey To The Past

Yesterday I took the chance and went out on Canoe Lake.  I went for a more historical look rather than the usual quick paddle to get to Joe Lake.  I wanted to see what was left of Mowat as well as pay my respects to Tom Thomson at his grave site.  The day was grey and dull and the lake was churning like it had something to hide.  As I paddled out, the wind was howling pretty strong.

First up on my tour of the lake was Braucht’s lighthouse point.  This was built by Frank Braucht and a group of boy scouts back in 1944.  If the name Frank Braucht sounds familiar it’s because he was part of the 1956 dig for Tom Thomson’s body.  Beside Lighthouse Point used to be his cottage called Casa Mia.  Unfortunately that burnt down to the ground.  If you happen to be paddling down Canoe lake look for the big white lighthouse and you’ll know you found it.

At the end of the lake you come across Hayhurst Point, which houses the memorial cairn to Tom Thomson.  Before you even reach that point though you pass Wapomeo and Cook’s Island which is home to Camp Wapomeo.  Built by Taylor Statten, the camp has been a landmark on the lake and home to many girls over the course of the summer.  Hayhurst Point was one of Tom’s favorite places to camp.  Before the brush built up, there would have been a great view of both Mowat and the lake.  For an artist it would have provided a great opportunity to sketch.  I wonder if this is where he completed his spring of 1917 sketches.

Across from Hayhurst point to the west is the former town of Mowat.  The cottages you see in that picture are all that’s left.  Some of them are still owned by distant relatives of those who lived on the lake when the town was around.  It was on this bit of land where the Mowat Lodge (both of them) were built.  They were run and owned by Shannon and Annie Fraser.  There was a wagon trail from the village up 8km to the Canoe Lake Train Station.  If the people on the train were lucky then Shannon Fraser would pick them up and take them down to the lodge.  If you were a local the chances of you hiking or boating were pretty good.  The middle cottage (with the brown boat house tilted towards the water) is still owned by the Trainor family today.

My final journey of the day took me back to a sombre time.  On the day of Tom’s first funeral, 95 years later, I ventured into the Mowat Cemetery.  The rumours are that Tom was never removed from the cemetery, however the family maintains he was buried in Leith, Ontario.  The cemetery has 2 official gravestones: Alexander Hayhurst and James Watson.  There is also a cross just outside of the fence.  No one truly knows where Tom was laid to rest but there are speculations.  The feeling as I entered this sacred ground was eerie yet intense.  I was almost brought to tears.  The cemetery has been well maintained by the locals and every year on July 8 they have a ceremony to mark the anniversary of Tom’s death.

I plan on returning to Canoe Lake again this year to delve even more into the lives of those who lived and worked here.  It will be part of a series that I will create on the History of Algonquin.  So keep checking back as I journey to the past and bring you along for the ride!  As well, I’ll be featuring some guest bloggers soon that you won’t want to miss!  Ok, back to work I go.

~Enjoy your trip

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