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Memory Monday

Memory Monday – Portages… Mechanical vs Manual??

Portages, the many ways to get around obstacles along a canoe route. The mechanical portage came to move a lot of things, but the first known mechanical portage was used to move logged timber. And later was used by canoe… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Water Fights… Yea or Nay?

To alleviate the boredom of hours upon hours of paddling on canoe trips – the water fight! Some staff  (and students) were not as receptive to these breaks as others were. No doubt they could be great on a hot… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – How Cold Was it?

This is Canada, and there is always a chance that you will experience cold when venturing into the outdoors. Whether it be spring time on the canoe trips or winter camping you had to respect your environment. What was the… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Nostalgia Challenge

This is for the “older” guys (or younger ones who can spot the ’70’s era gear) – a challenge to find all the gear, clothing and any other stuff in this photo that you would not see today on an… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – How Far has our Honey Traveled?

We didn’t realize just how popular our honey was. Imagine delivering honey to Wales! There have been other stories of the honey being sent to various places around the world. (Likely by students who ran out of family members to… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Peden’s Point

Not every Methye brigade stopped at Peden’s Point, but many did. On the east bank of the Athabasca River and across from the town of Fort McMurray, it was an excellent camp site. The Peden family – especially Jack “Torchy”… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – “Eating Local” on Canoe Trips

On every canoe trip there was opportunity to catch “local”. Some catches were more exotic than others. These photos were taken on the 2000 Pacific trip where they enjoyed red snapper and crab catches. What was your favourite “local” catch… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Forty Years Ago Today…

Forty years ago this crew would have just completed their canoe trip and would have begun their summer holiday. (Sorry guys – yes it has been that long!) This was a tough trip with some lining and tracking along the… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – “Huck Finn” Moments

Did you ever have a “Huck Finn” moment(s) on the canoe trips? Or perhaps even at the school during the various activities? Often these types of photographs have me thinking of the classic boy’s adventure tale. This always seemed to… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Remember the Bell?

When classes changed, when meals were ready, when free time was over the bell would ring. Located at the front entrance of the Manitoba school the sound of this bell was recognized by every student as a call to attention…. Continue Reading →

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