The islands were happy, even a century ago

How a canoeist revelled in Georgian Bay’s wilderness This book, published by McClelland & Stewart in 1926, covers a period from the late 19th Century to the first two decades of the 20th. The Bay was quite different back then. Logging was declining but still active, leaving much of the shoreline and interior denuded ofContinue reading “The islands were happy, even a century ago”

Silver blades and wobbly ankles

At least once each winter we would take a family trip to Wahnuhke. Most times our method of following the frozen channels was by walking, skiing, horse-drawn sleigh or, when there was almost no snow on the ice, on skates. It was before the days of scoots, snowmobiles or ATVs. Most of we older membersContinue reading “Silver blades and wobbly ankles”

Who used these ancient fireplaces?

Incurable cruisers. That describes Kenneth With, primarily, and his family, secondarily. The channels and islands between Honey Harbour and Parry Island, and even further to Pointe au Baril, were constantly beckoning to be explored. Those waters, however, have gaps that often must be crossed during high winds and formidable waves. Up to the limits ofContinue reading “Who used these ancient fireplaces?”

When the ice ran out

If you supplied ice to cottages back in the 1950s, before electricity reached many islands, what would the cottagers, and you, do if you ran out before the end of a hot summer? You found some ice PDQ (without delay)! For the Ojibway’s iceman that fall-back source was Oldfield’s commercial fishery on Range Island, PointeContinue reading “When the ice ran out”

Returning to Lost World Lake

What Marion and Dorothy found 15 years later (Contributed by Marion McLeod. See also A Hidden Birdland, below.) We actually did it! After 15 years, now doing field work in 2021 for the third Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas, Dorothy and I returned to one of our most remarkable breeding bird sites. With great anticipation weContinue reading “Returning to Lost World Lake”

The Asia — Georgian Bay’s worst marine tragedy

“Go where you will on Georgian Bay and let the talk turn to vessels wrecked or lost, the name of the Asia will soon be heard.” Those words were penned by Fred Landon in his book “Lake Huron”, published in 1944 as part of The American Lakes Series. Landon had sailed on the lakes forContinue reading “The Asia — Georgian Bay’s worst marine tragedy”

How we love this place…

If you have read “About this blog” and gone on to “Who is this Ancient Islander“, you may understand how I came by my affection for Georgian Bay. But these legacies are not unique to me or my extended family. Numerous permanent and seasonal residents have felt the pull of this region for centuries andContinue reading “How we love this place…”