Tag Archives: Lake Superior

OLD LOGGING DAM

Coming back from Manitouwadge on Monday morning, on the Caramat Road, I decided I had to see the old logging dam again. At the turn-off to Hillsport, I drove east for a kilometre and a half, and there it was, … 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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TCPL PROPOSES, NATURE DISPOSES (Chapter 2 of 4)

2 – . . . It May Still Be a Turkey The Energy East Pipeline proposal means that 1.1 million barrels of diluted bitumen will be traversing our beautiful country every day. Every single, blessed day. Except on the days … Continue reading

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IT’S A FREE COUNTRY (Conclusion)

2 – . . . From Happening On Monday morning, Olga grabbed a snack from the fridge, a leftover from our Saturday night meal.  That was enough breakfast, she said. Olga was glowing.  For six hours she had wrestled with … Continue reading

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POETRY OF THE LANDSCAPE (Conclusion)

2 — Chippewa Ridge Hike Yep, the last Saturday in September, I climbed Chippewa Ridge, more easily though perhaps not accurately described as a shoulder of Mount McKay, that massive promontory that overlooks the city of Thunder Bay.  I joined about … Continue reading

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SEARCHING FOR TARADALE (5 Chapters)

1 – The Road This is a record of two crazy bush historians. Okay, sorry for the redundancy.  If they’re bush historians, naturally they’re crazy.  They’re the sort that run around the bush looking for historical evidence. You must understand … Continue reading

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DANGEROUS ROADS (Chapter 2 of 4)

Actually, in Nipigon, I pulled over for a nap.  Had four hours sleep the night before. Highway 17 skirts the north shore of Lake Superior, and in winter it is the most dangerous road in Ontario.  Hwy. 17 is designated … Continue reading

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FROM GOLDFIELD TO JACKFISH (Conclusion)

  Gazing west across Tunnel Bay, I saw a white CPR truck emerge from the mountain.  That was the west entrance, I thought, of the Jackfish Tunnel.  Well over a half kilometre across the bay.  About a kilometre and a … Continue reading

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FROM GOLDFIELD TO JACKFISH 2 (3 Chapters)

Jackfish is a ghost community.  It used to be a depot on the Canadian Pacific Railway where locomotives refueled, the coal being brought in by lake freighters.  I had phoned friend Duncan in Terrace, a man with local knowledge.  Sure, … Continue reading

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