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May Contest...Win the t-shirt of your choice!!

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May Contest...Win the t-shirt of your choice!!

It's May, the weather is beautiful and the black flies are heading south! It's time to win a t-shirt inspired by La Cloche. Win your choice of any one 'Wearable Art' from Surreal Apparel or 'Ludicrous La Cloche' t-shirts...here's how to enter!! 1. Simply go to www.paperboy.ca and pick the t-shirt that you would like to win. 2. Send an email to lacloche@gmail.com with the subject 'La Cloche in May' and include which t-shirt, size and colour you would like to win. 3. On June 1, 2021 a winner will be randomly selected from all of the email entries and they win...

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The Missing Day - Roosevelt, Churchill and Widgawa Lodge

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The Missing Day - Roosevelt, Churchill and Widgawa Lodge

The Missing Day - Roosevelt, Churchill and Widgawa Lodge   In August 1943 McGregor Bay had one of it’s most famous visitors for a week of fishing and enjoying the seclusion of the area. In the midst of World War II and days before the First Quebec Conference, a secret military meeting between Mackenzie King, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, United States President Roosevelt came fishing in McGregor Bay. Roosevelt’s secret and well guarded visit was recommended by Commander Eugene MacDonald, the President of Zenith Corporation and a summer resident in the Bay. The visit has been well documented...

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Adventures in Rainbow Country

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Adventures in Rainbow Country

Adventures in Rainbow Country The popular TV series 'Adventures in Rainbow Country' was filmed in the La Cloche area of Whitefish Falls in 1969. The series was produced by Manitou Productions of Toronto. It is available today on Youtube.  A reunion for this show was held in Whitefish Falls August 11-13, 2006.  Many of the ex-cast and crew attended and a good time was had by all. It was a good opportunity to renew acquaintances and meet the cast and crew. Denis Belton did an outstanding job of organizing the reunion and his short film was a highlight of the weekend. The...

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La Cloche Whiskey Smugglers & American Prohibition

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La Cloche Whiskey Smugglers & American Prohibition

Americans and Prohibition The Prohibition years in the United States lasted from 1920 until 1933 and as well as giving rise to the American gangster it became the law that was disregarded by the majority of American citizens. Al Capone and Chicago’s gangster mayor “Big Bill Thompson’ were two memorable figures both associated with prohibition and gangsters running alcohol from Canada into the United States. ‘Big Bill Thompson’ and many of his friends enjoyed their frequent visits to La Cloche so much so that ‘Big Bill’ built a lodge at Three Narrows Lake. He accessed the lodge from the Pool...

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Arthur Lismer in McGregor Bay

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Arthur Lismer in McGregor Bay

Five members of Canada's Group of 7 painted in the La Cloche area of Willisville, Grace Lake, Nellie Lake, Iroquois Bay and McGregor Bay. Hundreds of sketches and many, many notable canvases are from this small area of Northern Ontario. Arthur Lismer painted and stayed in the Iroquois Bay/McGregor Bay area and he and his family were regular visitors at the Spreadboroughs in The Pool and the Jenkins in Iroquois Bay. Lismer stayed with Stuart and Eleanor Jenkins on more than one occasion and in the Jenkins' 'Early homesteaders at McGregor Bay' booklet this story is shared. "Stuart was also...

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