It’s Wayback Wednesday: Doug



Welcome to Wayback Wednesday sponsored by Cavalcade Color Lab! Every week, we’ll be sharing a vintage photo and asking our readers to chime in with anything you can recall about the photo, other related memories, or even a funny caption. Have some vintage photos of your own? Send them to [email protected] and we may share them with our readers!

Meet “Doug”. Doug is the Northern Ontario Jr. Champion. What for? We don’t know, but he must have been good at it. Help us out, Doppler readers! Who is Doug and what did he win? Bonus points if you can help us sort out the year, too. (Photo: Muskoka Heritage Place Collection)

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Last week we shared this photo with you:


The caption on this photo by Frank Micklethwaite reads “Vernon Lake, Huntsville, Muskoka”. Many of you correctly guessed that the photographer’s vantage point was above the train station, pointing toward Vernon Narrows. You can see the station’s water tower in the lower right of the frame, and in the middle are logs floating in Hunters Bay from one of Huntsville’s early mills.

Here are some of the other details shared with us by Doppler readers:

Bob Forde: Probably taken somewhere near the west end of Walpole Street, looking north-west. Overlooking Main Street with the train station just out of frame on the right. The water tower that sat just west of the station is there.

Jay Faulkner: You can see my great great grandfather’s farm (John Bildson) up the narrows on the right. Established 1864 .

Greg Martin: Looking over Hunters Bay towards Vernon Narrows minus the Vernon Narrows highway bridge.

Wendy Brown: My grandfather worked both mills the one at the town end and another mill down near where highway 11 is , also he worked a mill out farther on aspirin road at one time.

Sherwood MacLeod: That water tower was where the centennial park is. Must be really old pic because my mom’s house isn’t built yet and apparently it was built in 1895

David Johns: Overlooking Hunter’s Bay and the park that is above the train station today. Huntsville Lumber #1 with log booms out front at middle left, now parking lot for Avery Park.

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  1. Bruce E. Markle on

    Bev McFadyen is the piper on the right side. Roger ?? worked at A&P is the piper second from the left. I recognize the other two, but cannot come up with any names. Great picture.

  2. This picture is of my father Verne Payne who was Mayor, presenting the trophy to my cousin Doug Leigh when he won the Northern Ontario Junior Figure Skating Championship. I think it was 1963/64.
    Doug went on to coach many successful skaters including Brian Orser and Elvis Stoyko ….. his face was often seen at Olympic and World figure skating events waiting with his athletes to receive their scores.

      • Good Morning Elizabeth
        I see my cousin has already filled in the names for the main players in the photo but I think we should also give credit to the band. They are all members of the Huntsville Lions Club Pipe Band. Starting from the left side of the picture we have drummer Dave Belanger (I hope the spelling is correct) next is piper Roger Martin, then Pipe Major Gibby Cameron, the piper on the right corner is Bev McFadden.

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