Category Archives: MY EXCURSIONS

ANGLER & PRISONERS OF WAR (Chapter 5 of 7)

5 ̶ Japanese Prisoners On February 24, 1942, the Prime Minister of Canada, William Lyon Mackenzie King, as a war measure, proclaimed the coastal region of British Columbia out of bounds to all Canadians of Japanese descent. In an unprecedented … Continue reading

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ANGLER & PRISONERS OF WAR (Chapter 2 of 7))

2 ̶ Tracking the Barbed Wire      When Paul Mengelberg arrived at Angler as a German prisoner-of-war, it was deep winter. In his memoir1, he dates his arrival to January 27, 1941. He recalled a long walk from the CPR siding … Continue reading

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ANGLER & PRISONERS OF WAR 7 Chapters)

1  —   Tracking Down History Eighteen years ago, I joined a small group searching for the notorious prison, Camp X, under the guidance of a former German prisoner-of-war who had been incarcerated there. Today the place is almost unrecognizable. In … Continue reading

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WE OLD RELICS

I have lost a great many gray hairs, and I do not regret one of them. I am proud of every one. RIP. This rumination comes to mind because yesterday I addressed a class of student teachers at Lakehead U. … Continue reading

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COLLINGWOOD CAPERS (Chapter 2 of 3)

2 ̶ BLUES FESTIVAL & ART CRAWL After I arrived at my sister’s place on Sunday, September 18, Grace suggested we attend the last evening of the Wasaga Beach Blues Festival. I leapt at the chance. First she gave me … Continue reading

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COLLINGWOOD CAPERS (Chapter 1 of 3)

1 ̶ BLUE MOUNTAIN    Just the other day, I reached Collingwood by traveling on a paved road all the way from Greenstone. Collingwood is a community of 19,500 on the shore of Georgian Bay, Lake Huron. Then I took … Continue reading

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PALISADES HIKING TRAIL

[Originally published 22 August 2008] Part I – Getting Up Seventeen people turned out for the guided tour of the Palisades hiking trail on Saturday, August 16. Hikers had spectacular views from some of the highest points in Northwestern Ontario. … Continue reading

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YE OLDE GENERAL STORE

I am a fully paid-up member of the travelling public. So, when something interesting crosses my path, I am entitled to stop and check it out. When I was travelling north from The Soo near the end of June, I … Continue reading

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SIGNS AND SIGHS AT CHIPPEWA FALLS

Taking my cue from poet Robert Frost, when I had miles to go before I slept, I stopped anyway. No, not by snowy woods on the darkest evening of the year. It was mid-day under a scorching sun on Saturday, … Continue reading

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?I’LL GIVE YOU WACKY . . .

What’s a senior getting out of bed at 4:30 in the morning for? Yeah, yeah, besides that . . . Well, this senior got out of his bed yesterday morning at 4:30 to begin a 2,000-kilometre trip around Northern Ontario … Continue reading

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