Feb2021

Lochalsh Local History: Tourism 100 Years Ago (Part 1)

For many of us, thinking of the “old days” of northern Ontario tourism evokes images of roaring two-stroke outboards, crackling radiotelephones, and campfires with grandparents and friends who have long passed on. At this point in time, one can rarely hear a camp story from the earlier part of the twentieth century. Many of the lodges and cabins in this region were only built in the 1950s and 1960s. However, the trails and waterways around Lochalsh were travelled by tourists long before then. So what was tourism like over one hundred years ago?

Feb2021

Winter at Wabatongushi #4

A Blog Series By Elorah

In these socially distanced days, regardless of where we live, it seems that we all share one pastime: eating lots of snacks.

Last week, I wrote about having a constant sense of psychological overstimulation out here. One of the activities that really slows time down for me and keeps me grounded is cooking– and gathering some wild treats! While the first foods that come to mind are the delicious fish from Wabatongushi and surrounding lakes, and partridge and moose from the autumn hunt, there are plenty of other foods out here. This week, I want to share with you the wealth of the boreal forest, and some of the traditional foods in the area.

Jan2021

Winter at Wabatongushi #3

A Blog Series By Elorah

Greetings from Lochalsh in these last days of January! At the end of the month, I’ll have made it halfway through the winter season and this little project of mine. Time here is an odd sensation. Either days pass with little indication aside from what television show is on and weeks– if not months– are suddenly gone, or one blue sky afternoon seems to last for eons.

Jan2021

Winter at Wabatongushi #1

A Blog Series By Elorah

Happy New Year from Lochalsh! That’s where I’ve been hiding out in the midst of these unprecedented times. During an ordinary season, I’d leave camp at the end of October, but this year I was given the opportunity to stay through the winter and look after the lodges. Now I’m over two months into this adventure. I know I’ve stirred up curiosity and I know everyone is missing the wilderness, so I’m starting a blog.