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I am retired and exploring the world on foot, by canoe and kayak. You see and experience much more this way. No luxury resorts on some tropical beach for me.
Spring Side Park, Napanee. The Grand Trunk railway, later CN, built the first railway bridge in 1855 in in the upper right, it was double tracked in 1910 with this bridge. Robert Clark buit a grist mill on the left in 1786, it was 7 stories high, and could process 1,000 bushels of wheat a day. It also had a saw mill. Later, Gibbard furniture factory set up on the left, and became Canada's oldest operating manufacturer, it is now closed. Large salmon are still caught here.
Napanee River going through the Wolf Swamp
The boat launching ramp beside the control dam on Second Depot Lake. The water is almost 2 meters below spring high level.
Fourth Depot Lake. This is one of the head waters of the Napanee River.
Many rocks are exposed by the low water levels. Water has been drianed in August to maintain the Napanee River.
View below the control dam on Third Depot Lake. That is the rocky dam face on the lower left.
View of the dam in Colebrook. The original dam was built in 1836. The Napanee River is almost dried out. This water is from draining Third and Fourth Depot Lakes 23 km. due north, upstream, otherwise there would be no flow.
Hoopers woolen mill, 1864, now a private residence.
Depot Lake drained for fall, dam at right
A dismal place for people, great for wild life which is abundant. Deer, otter, beaver, procupines, cyotes, wolves and more.
The Cataraqui Canoe Club sets out to explore the Depot Lakes. Note the high water mark, water is being drained to maintain flow in the Napanee River at the end of August.
Relaxing on Third Depot Lake.
Granite and pine on Third Depot Lake.
Foot of the falls in Yarker. After a long dry summer, the Napanee River dried out, but this water is from draining Third and Fourth Depot Lakes 23 km due north, upstream, lowering them by about 2 meters.
The original iron water turbine of an old mill. These appeared after 1870 replacing water wheels where the water flowed under the wheel, not over. They were far more efficient.
An old dam from the 1850's on the Napanee River. It once supplied power to 13 mills and 50 business in Newburgh.
Napanee River near Verona, spring time. This is one of the head waters of the Napanee River.
Bob's Point hunt'n camp.
Congestion at the CPR rail bridge. This is still a very active railway between Toronto and Ottawa. It is also known as the St.Lawrence Hudson Railway, owned by CPR.
A deep bay on Third Depot lake.
The smallest of dams holding back Third Depot Lake.
Remenants of an old mill at Simcoe Falls in Yarker. There was once a thriving basket factory that made fruit baskets and cheese boxes out of maple veneer, in Yarker. It is in ruins, the mortar has turned to sand, like most of the mills along the rivers. Houses of the same era are still solid. Were the mills all built by one builder who skimped on cement in the mortar mixture?
Waterfront house in Newburgh built in 1885 making it one of the newest stone structures in the village. It was blacksmith shop for a long time, then Finkle's Carriage works and a fire hall. Looks very European.
Napanee River low in water in October. Looking down stream to the Hoopers Mill. 100 m. behind me is the ruins from the oldest paper factory in the country. There was also an axe, carriage and cheese factory here in 1878.
Black and White
Bon Echo Provincial Park
Celtic stone fences
Charleston Lake Provincial Park
Depot Creek Reserve
Frontenac Provincial Park
Highway No.2 Ont.
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Inca Trail Peru
K P Hiking Trail
Little Cat Con Area
Menzel Nature Reserve
Mile stones Hwy # 2
One room school-house
Opinicon Lake - Rideau Trails
Prince Edward Cty.
Sheffield Con. Area.
Sir John A. McDonald
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