Today I continued on with my training for nijmegen march. I as per took my oldest son along, it kills two birds with one stone. I hate not spending time with them but really need to up my KM marching....win win!
After returning from a short 15km run/walk I was relaxing with some Java reading over other blogs I follow. Namely Tony's blog "My newfoundland Kayak experience" and Mackayak. After reading about Mackayak's trip she wrote: "From the water the view cannot have changed very much since the days of the Hudson Bay Company ships arriving and leaving and whaling ships setting off for the Nor' Wast."
Here is Tony Dutchman himself, and Mackayak making references to historic companies which are connected to her backyard, with historic sites that I have right here in my back yard!
Here are three kayakers/ bloggers with three TOTALLY different life's, yet we don't have to look far to find a connection,a nexus between us. I think there is a connection between us all.
Anywho this whole thought process got me launched out the door for a paddle when I was actually exhausted from my run walk. I decided I would paddle over to Ft. William across the river here in my backyard.
I launched from another historic area, were copper Indians had rested 5000 years ago, and more recent Chevalier de Troyes camped in 1686 with 100 men in 30 canoes, en route to capture English trading posts at Hudson bay.Paddling this waterway early in the season such as today it is not hard to picture it as it was back then. Listening attentively one can still almost hear the songs sung to keep 50 strokes a minute, as the voyageurs carved north along the river.
Fort William, which began as the site of a French fort. In the late 18th century, it became the site of a trading post of the North West Company called Fort-des-Allumettes or Fort-Lac-des-Allumettes, serving over 100 travellers and voyageurs at a time along the Ottawa River. After the fusion of the NWC with the Hudson's Bay Company in 1821, the post was renamed in honour of William McGillivray (1764-1825), NWC director from 1804 to 1821.
Paddling past Chapman,Houston and Pearl Island if one can ignore a few summer cottages, you can be transported into a much simpler, beautiful time in our nations history.
View from the Deck of Ft. William. What a job this must have been to live here in solitude.
I was tempted to peek around a bit in this very old barn, as I can recall seeing a picture of this with a man holding a HBC canoe frame (I've read so many books I cant recall where I seen this at the moment!) However there was no one around to talk to, so I thought best to not go to jail!