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The Real & Surreal of La Cloche

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The Real & Surreal of La Cloche

What is the 'Real & Surreal' of La Cloche, this beautiful area of Northern Ontario? The 'Real' is the natural light beauty to be captured without the assistance of filters or photo manipulation. The 'Surreal' is the beauty and art to be created with photo manipulation resulting in aphotomontage using original photographs. The 'Real'...A peaceful, meditative dawn on Charlton Lake, April 26, 2021. The 'Surreal'...'Mother Nature's Art' in her gallery, a photomontage.  

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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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A brief history of Fort La Cloche up to 1858

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A brief history of Fort La Cloche up to 1858

The History of Fort La Cloche Reprinted with permission from;Culture, Heritage and TourismHudson's Bay Company ArchivesArchives of Manitoba Prepared and completed in December 19, 1934     This place is mentioned as early as 1st September, 1761, by Alexander Henry, Senior, who then reports reaching:           "An island, called La Cloche, because there is here a rock, standing on a plain, which, being struck, rings like a bell."     It appears that no fort existed here when Henry passed, nor in 1789, when Roderick McKenzie visited the place. Ernest Voorhis in ‘Historical Forts and Trading Posts of the French Regime and of 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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A. Y. Jackson at Grace Lake Describing His Painting Style

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A. Y. Jackson at Grace Lake Describing His Painting Style

A wonderful 1941 documentary about A. Y. Jackson by the Academy Award winner Radford Crawley. Watch Jackson and prospector Keith McIver leave Willisville to canoe and portage to Grace Lake. He climbs the Grace Lake ridges to paint the beauty of La Cloche. Jackson explains his art as he paints various Grace Lake scenes in what is now Killarney Provincial Park.  Click here to view Canadian Landscape.

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