It’s Wayback Wednesday, sponsored by Jamie Lockwood, broker/owner of Sutton Group Muskoka Realty!
Not long after the rail line to Huntsville opened in 1886, the government sent a dredge to open the creek between Peninsula and Fairy Lakes, making it deep enough and wide enough for steamships to pass through. It took two years to complete the mile-long channel at a cost of $25,000.
The work extended the reach of area steamships which, once the Portage Railway opened, included Lake of Bays.
The canal is pictured above, date unknown, looking westward toward the bridge. The small building above the bridge is a schoolhouse.
Photo and details courtesy of Huntsville: With Spirit and Resolve
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