Tag Archives: Manitouwadge

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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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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HOW TO STOP WORRYING & LOVE NUCLEAR WASTE (1 of 7 Chapters)

1 ̶ Love It or Ship It There are just over 2 million fuel bundles sitting outside Canada’s nuclear power reactors. That’s right ̶ “outside”. Which is a good thing, because they are used fuel bundles. They are waste. Garbage. … Continue reading

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HUNT FOR THE ELUSIVE WILD ORCHID (Conclusion)

4 – The Manitou Place Back at the launch site on the Pic, we loaded the pickup and set off. John left his boat and motor so that he could return for a private camping trip in a few days. … Continue reading

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THE HUNT FOR THE ELUSIVE WILD ORCHID (Chapter 3 of 4)

3 – The Badlands and the Goodlands Our trip up the Pic River was not confined to hunting orchids. For me, and for any naturalist, a trip in the bush offers many opportunities for gasping. On the river, we encountered … Continue reading

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HUNT FOR THE ELUSIVE WILD ORCHID (Chapter 2 of 4)

2 – The Showy and the Plain My brother John has spent much of his life near the Pic or canoeing and boating up and down it. His trapline embraces a good chunk of it. He has worked felling trees … Continue reading

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HUNT FOR THE ELUSIVE WILD ORCHID (Chapter 1 of 4)

1 – The Hunt Begins Beautiful day when we launched on the Pic River near Manitouwadge. I accompanied three naturalists, Mike and Sue Bryan, and my brother, John, who acted as guide. He knows where the wild orchids grow. Friday, … 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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THE WRITER AS CREATOR, or, HOW TO KNOCK A CATERPILLAR OUT OF A TREE

In the last week I have been rushing frantically from pillar to post. I have now arrived at this post. There is a reason I have been frantic. I am a writer.  And I have only so many years left … Continue reading

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DANGEROUS ROADS (Conclusion)

Highway 17 was bare.  I travelled under heavy cloud cover. Now I could see the lake, Lake Superior.  It was open.  In some bays I saw waves battering the shores.  In the more narrow channels, ice still connected the islands. … Continue reading

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