The River. Long a symbol of passage, a means of transportation, a subject of song. The river flows.
At the Hub of the Lakes (Port Carling) the river is the connection between Lake Muskoka and Lakes Rosseau and Joseph. It’s called the Indian River because on its banks, when traders, trappers and lumbermen came north, it was home to an indigenous population. In fact, James Bartleman, Ontario’s first indigenous Lieutenant Governor, grew up along its banks.
Take a trip along the river and you find a number of interesting sites and sights. Early commerce, of course the locks, a log boathouse, some of the oldest cottages of the area dating back to the 1870’s and 80’s, old boarding houses, a bed and breakfast, Morley’s Meats ( a great Port Carling tradition), restaurants and patios, a steamer stop (like a bus stop but for when steamers plied these waters bringing produce, hardware, livestock and people to cottagers and villages alike). The list goes on.
Whether you’re on the Indian River, the Muskoka or any other waterway cottage country has to offer, take advantage of the low speed limit and look around. You’re travelling through history, through time. It’s easy to see how things have changed over time.
Time and passages go together. Today when you’re on the River on the south side of the locks near Foodland and Boatworks you’ll see for the next few days, a bright blue roof. That’s Andy’s House. It’s a hospice being built on the banks of the river. A peaceful place from which to watch the passage of time, seasons and life.
The river flows.
Along with the river flowing is the current of the cottage market. People come and people go. Take a look at what’s flowed past your armchair this week.