Tuesday 5 July 2011

Toronto to Vancouver - Log #003# (Manitoulin Island, Ontario)

Chi-Cheemaun (The Big Canoe according to the local Aboriginals) connects Tobermory and South Baymouth in Manitoulin Island.

On deck of Chi-Cheemaun

 Below this system of lakes lies the tip of the Niagara Escarpment. Part of the Grate Lakes this is the world's  largest fresh water ecosystem.

Chi-Cheemaun ready to dock in South Baymouth port.

Manitoulin Island was ceded to the Ojibwa and Odawa natives (First Nations) as a refugee island by the governor of Upper Canada in 1836.

The governor granted the island with the hope that the First Nations would abandon their hunting grounds in the south to the benefit of the European settlers who wanted room to expand their farms.

Lake Manitou.

The surnames of the people (Burns, Mac Donnald, Holms) and the names of the rivers, the hills and the coves tell the story of the Scottish settlers that arrived here especially after the Highland Clearances during the 18th and 19th century.

The museum of Manitowaning.

Quarantines for the  diseases of that time namely, Mumps, Chicken Pox, Measles, Scarlet Fever, Small Pox.

One third of the settlers who arrived in the North Americas died from the various diseases and malnutrition.

Roy Rogers and his horse Trigger,
Gene Autry and his horse Champion
Hopalong Cassidy and his home Trapper.

Scottish settler Mathew Irving.

100 dollars reward for Laban Amerm who shot dead Charles and Williams Bryan 

Appearance boyish almost feminine reads the brochure..

Soundtrack: Nick Cave: Falling