Northern Ontario - Comments & Discussion

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Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 Time: 17.30.37
Name: Lee City: Edmonton

Great website. Love the pictures of my hometown Sault Ste Marie. I was looking at the site about the AY Jackson Spring On The Onaping River. This painting was stolen from a school in Sudbury back in the mid 70's. When I was a child (8 or 9 years) I was in the Sudbury area picking blueberries with my family and I came across a hole in the ground that had a picture frame and a bunch of towels in it. The brass plaque on the frame said "Spring On The Onaping River" by A.Y. Jackson. My mother knew what it was right away and we called police to let them know that we had found the frame. Imagine how exciting this all was for an 8 year old kid.

I still wonder who's got that painting. I don't believe it was ever found.

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2009 Time: 15.16.14
Name: Ellen Gedeon City: Grand Haven Michigan

Beautiful pictures and comments of the Polar Bear Express trip from Cochrane Ontario to Moose Factory. I just went this past July with a group from Orchard View Travelers - a great trip for anyone. Fantastic scenery - travel back in time away from big city life. Very interesting = gives you something to think about. Thanks

Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 Time: 02.28.47
Name: Charles Runkle City: Lafayette, Indiana

haveing travled all over ontario lots of times from sudbey to mossee factory an to wawa an timmins i found the people wonderfull an helpfull , i an sure its has changed a lot sents it was back in the 90s when i was there sonme buticilay country , the road from wawa to the soo is great lots of great veiwes of the lake an mountians also loved the old gold mine road neer wawa found some trailings with gold flakes in it , sure some wild country up there but aways had fun no problems on the roads in good shape , i will always be glad that north of us that the candians live in pease but ontario is the only one i know too old to go back how but i loved your country , thake care of your country its worth it

Date: Monday, March 2, 2009 Time: 11.42.32
Name: Michele City: Wawa

did you know your goose pic is on the front page of

Date: Thursday, January 3, 2008 Time: 14.38.18
Name: W.Jane Staniland Gallagher City: Homestead,Fl

I lived in Hawk Junction as a child and went thru that 2 room shcoolhouse that was good to see some old sites .I remember the old hotel and I think it was Atkinson's that owned it then. We also had a new Red Cross Hospital built while i was impressed me to become a nurse when I got older. My Father worked for the ACR at the old Station....3 boxcars you know it was awhile ago.

Just fun to reminicse! Thanks for the memories!!

Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2007 Time: 21.16.11
Name: Kimberly Gross City: Grand Rapids, MI

Have loved the food at Big Bear Hotel for the last 4 years while on vacation in Wawa....hope you stay open at least another year.

Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2007 Time: 14.55.09
Name: Terry Lessard Bowers City: Wellsboro, PA

We are having a reunion in Hawk Junction August 2008...check out the site.

Date: Sunday, July 29, 2007 Time: 23.38.13
Name: Larry Hamilton City: Yorkton, Sask.

Excellent presentation.

Date: Sunday, July 8, 2007 Time: 22.45.46
Name: Bill Brown City: Chatham

Im glad to have happen upon this website. It has some great pictures of the people and places in Northern Ontario. Great work!!

Date: Monday, March 26, 2007 Time: 09.37.54
Name: ashley Richards City: Hawk Junction

the elementary school in hawk has not been torn down.

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2007 Time: 02.48.47
Name: Bond Jonas City: Ottawa

I am desperatly looking for a woman who's wedding I went to in Moose Factory her name is Tracy loutitt (loutitt-Hunter after marriage). Please tracy send me and email or if u know her give this to her thanks Bond

Date: Thursday, February 1, 2007 Time: 15.09.12
Name: Amanda B City: Hamilton

I just wanted to say thanks for this site and all the pics.My family and I are considering the Polar Bear Express for our family vacation this year. We love the north and think the experience would be great for our kids. Your site gave me lots to think about. Thanks again.

Date: Friday, December 8, 2006 Time: 09.38.48
Name: Hartmut Hachtmann City: São Paulo/Brazil

Kuerzlich erfuhr ich, dass es in Kanada noch deutschsprechende Gemeinden gibt. Waere es eventuell moeglich oder gewuenscht fuer eine bestimmte Zeit in einer solchen Gemeinde zu dienen? Seit Juli bin ich ein "Emeritus" der Igreja Evangélica de Confissão Luterana no Brasil. Meine E-Mail-Anschrift:

Vielen Dank und gesegnete Adventszeit.

P. Hartmut Hachtmann

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2006 Time: 12.27.29
Name: Beth G. City: Emmaus PA USA

Your site is incredible. We are soon to move to Canada, either Toronto or Stratford, and we visit Scarborough (where are friends are) as often during each year as possible.

As a fellow photographer, I enjoy the photos you have.

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2006 Time: 00.14.52
Name: larry City: Yorkton sask.

Enjoy your website. Would like to contact any school mates from Morse St. Public School [1942 1949]. Also the former Shirley Beeforth and Wilma Hunter. Regards, Larry.

Date: Monday, February 27, 2006 Time: 11.37.34
Name: Bill McWatters City: Cambridge

I grew up in Hawk Jct and attended the school you mentioned. Probably at the same time as I lived there from 60 to 72. Nice to see some new pics of the old place.

Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2006 Time: 03.53.07
Name: Desiree Loutitt (Dye) City: Ft. Smith, NWT

An interesting site. I lived in Moosonee in the 60's; before TV or computers to those that find it boring, and it is still the source of some of my greatest memories. I'd love to go back for a visit but I'm disabled now which makes travelling kind of tough. I was emailing a girl in Moose Factory trying to locate a Loutitt somewhere in the James Bay, but lost her email address when I moved and bought a new computer. Anyone with any info., or who just wants to talk about 'way back when' can contact me It may seem inconvenient to have to use the train etc, but it's the best way to protect your land! Masi/Meegwitch

Date: Monday, January 9, 2006 Time: 22.07.20
Name: Jean Mark City: Nevermind

I hate all you Moosonee bitches and shut up.

Date: Saturday, January 7, 2006 Time: 23.52.24
Name: john City: moosonee

Yeah i remember that asshole jean marc too.

Date: Friday, December 30, 2005 Time: 10.02.18
Name: Anonymous City: Moosonee

In response to Jean Marc Prevost's comments:

I know that Moosonee isn't the BEST place to live, but maybe you would have liked it better if you weren't such a holy terror. I met you personally a couple of times, and have heard so many stories about what a brat you were/are.

You didn't like Moosonee because the people didn't like you, because you always thought you were too good. But you aren't.

Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2005 Time: 12.12.57
Name: ren hodgkinson City: hawk junction

hawk junction is the best place to fish.

and if you want to go to agawa canyon alot faster,

go by the train in hawk junction.

hawk junction is a nice place to have a summer house or a

log cabbien.

but the food there is great!!!

Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 Time: 23.29.09
Name: just a town folk City: moosonee

Moosonee is okay to live in, but what is highly needed is a road or highway linking it to the rest of civilization. If there was? we could have many cottages by the lakes and rivers that are flourishing in this area. We could easily take the family camping without having to take trains, boats or skidoos...we could easily drive with our trucks or campers! Further, there would be so much more socio-economic development up here and we would definitely have more services such as restaurants, mcdonalds, tim hortons, mall, theatre, gas stations, college/university, and there would definitely be more housing/apartments made available, employment opportunities, related services, etc..the potential and opportunites are endless. Personally,I think Moosonee and surrounding communities would really benefit from this highway/change. Overall, I think the north has alot to offer...and a highway would definitely create a postive impact for all of us. What you think people?

Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2005 Time: 09.49.48
Name: rob City: mooseene ontario

This town is sickening...theres nothing but drunks and coke users in this town. everyone pretneds to be happy but they are all miserable. It's an isolated miserable community to visit or to live in. That's the truth. The only people who have good things to say about it are the one's who have the jobs and are laughing happy.

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2005 Time: 16.12.21
Name: Brandon City: Marsh

we must protect this amazing part of the most amzing province in the wonderfull country

Date: Thursday, October 13, 2005 Time: 07.27.36
Name: rich man City: usa

keep off from this site or mugu america

Date: Friday, September 30, 2005 Time: 23.55.20
Name: Larry Hamilton City: Yorkton Sk.

Great website. lived in leslieville on Morse St. 1943 to 1953.

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2005 Time: 13.18.04
Name: Moosonne Chick! City: Moosonee

haaa, I live in Moosonee all my life, and its boring ass people, well after awhile!, well...Bye

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2005 Time: 14.36.05
Name: muriel City: kitchener

eastman boring! it is a beautiful the eastern townships of quebec...lots of things to do in summer all kinds of water sports and skiing in the winter,bike trails etc never been to moose factory......

Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2005 Time: 19.57.27
Name: Josee Rainville City: sudbury , Ontario

Just wanted to let you know about a place that has dinosaurs made out of steel.

My husband built the dinosaurs that are made to scale, and we dedicated to all cancer families.

if you have any questions please write me...

you site is very informative.....

we need more like yours....ontario.

Date: Sunday, March 27, 2005 Time: 12.12.14
Name: Akif City: Newton MA

I have a little cabin in the woods near pancake bay.Has anybody taken pictures on the shoreline off pancake bay?

Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2005 Time: 23.27.56
Name: Harry City: Upper Salmon Creek, NB

Hey all,

I was just reading posts " One memory is going to the movie (Old Yellar). We had an intermission while they mounted the next reel of film." I had a chuckle...because Pam and I were probably watching the same movie at the same time. They used to show the movies at the Father Belledeau Center. I remember those days... the canteen used to be at the back. Anyway, the movie was one of my fav's as a kid.

I am originally from Moose Factory, and am now living in New Brunswick.

Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2005 Time: 01.14.52
Name: L. Hamilton City: Yorkton Sk.

Wonderful website. Lived at carlaw and queen in the '40s and '50s.

Date: Saturday, January 22, 2005 Time: 20.29.35
Name: anonymous City: Ontario

Searching for an wood carving made by one of the local carver's of the HomeMaker's Club, in Moosonee Ontario. Back in the late 80's. They were wood sleds made to look like they were packed with other items. Were sold to the tourists who visited Moosonee by arriving on the POLAR BEAR EXPRESS TRAIN. Anyone who might be willing to have one and part with it..please email to:

Thank you.

Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2005 Time: 20.28.28
Name: jesse st james City: welland / st catharines

great site. I am the son of Ray St James (from Dallas Stars)

Peterbourough ice good this year? Downtown ice any good? I heard the Petes are good this year? Good luck Petes! Peace out?JUNIT

Date: Thursday, December 16, 2004 Time: 15.54.50
Name: Michael E. DeForge City: Fort Myers, Fl

I was born and raised in Sault Ste Marie, Canada and Immigrated to the States back in the early 60's. Especially at this time of year I go back to my roots and remember being shipped off to Hawk Junction from the Sault during summer vacations from elementary school to stay with my Aunt and Uncle in Hawk Junction. I remember the summers and picking blueberries taking the short cut to swim in the lake, listening to the radio in the evening with my aunt (my Uncle worked on the ACR as a train conductor). I wish there were more pictures of the area NE of the Hotel up the hill which is where her home was located she is dead now almost 30 years and I am in my late fifty's what a wonderful site to stumble accross and take me back to my childhood. Thank you

Date: Thursday, December 16, 2004 Time: 08.51.54
Name: mike City: Stayner, On

gotta say.. I was just looking around the net, surfing before work started and this site is quite comprehensive. I own and love Ontario just as much as anybody else.. but you really did a great job of promoting it.

good work.


Date: Saturday, August 28, 2004 Time: 16.36.44
Name: Irene City: Ottawa, ON CANADA


Came across your site while surfing for St. Thomas Anglican Church, Moose Factory, ON. This church used to be my father's (as the rector)church for many years. He passed away 2 years ago. My husdand and I used to live there in the late 60s and early 70s and also have many family members living there. The pictures are great - keep up the good work. I also used to live in Sault Ste. Mrie, ON and I love that city!

Date: Thursday, August 12, 2004 Time: 19.13.13
Name: penny hadaller City: winnipeg,mb

do have a small terry fox statue that people can buy if so were.

Date: Friday, August 6, 2004 Time: 23.32.02
Name: barefoot_to_the_earth City: moosonee

does anyone know if Moose-Factory has its own user room with yahoo or anywhere else, i can go and chat with my ppl...thanx

Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2004 Time: 14.07.18
Name: Amico Slam City: Italy

Stefania forever!

Date: Sunday, June 27, 2004 Time: 13.33.20
Name: colette guindon City: wawa ontario canada

Got a web site on wawa and northern ontario please come and see it and have fun with us

if that doesn't work email me at invite you..we have lot and lot of pic in that site

Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2004 Time: 21.30.59
Name: Shirley Hall City: Toronto

There is a Wonderful place to visit that you may be interested in. It's a huge piece of property called "Midlothian" on a sideroad running south out of Magnetawan, Ontario. Ask any local and they can tell you exactly how to get there. It's owned by an Art teacher, Peter Camani, who may or may not still teach at Almaguin Highlands Secondary School in South River, ON (He was one of my Art teachers when I went to school there). He does amazing concrete sculptures, most 15-20 feet high, and he has them placed all over his property. The theme is one of Halloween and ghosts. You start seeing the sculptures out in the fields as you are driving on the road. His residence is presented as a Medieval castle and you can tour part of his house as well as the the entire property. It's very, very cool. There are literally hundreds of these statues all over his property. It's well worth the drive to see this. Donations are welcome, if you wish.

Date: Monday, April 26, 2004 Time: 16.30.46
Name: Life long resident City: Moosonee

It's sad to hear negative remarks on Moosonee/Moose Factory. I'm a life long resident of Moosonee and am involved in alot of different organizations...lots of things to do and enjoy within both communities. To all of you with the bad comments, "Life is what you make it out to be, don't dwell on negativity." You only live once. p.s. Mary Jane I know your son, I'll tell him you said hi.

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2004 Time: 10.13.51
Name: Mary Jane Smith, (MOM) City: originally Moosonee-relocated to Northa Bay ON

I would like to send WARM WISHES,BIG HUGS,and KISSES to my son CHANCE J. ETHERINGTON who has recently relocated to Moosonee...I Lub Ya and Miss Ya with all my heart and soul...thinking of you endlessly each day, wishing you the best of love...We all miss ya here and hope you'll return home to us one day...Autumn sends hugs and kisses and we all send our hearts full of love, from all of us here at home...and to anyone who may know my son, please relay this message to him "mom says HI" "call home" Meegwetch

Date: Friday, April 16, 2004 Time: 11.12.37
Name: Anonymous City: Moose Factory

Hey there!

I just wanted to say I love the pictures and information about my community in the James Bay region. It may be desserted and quiet out here, but I think it is a wonderful place and I'm proud of being cree!!

Date: Monday, April 12, 2004 Time: 22.22.12
Name: Ed City: OT

Moose Factory and Moosonee were enjoyable places to visit and maybe I can get back up in a year or two. Want to get back up to Peawanuck too. Good people. Great land.


Date: Thursday, April 8, 2004 Time: 15.05.11
Name: someone who use to live there City: Town called Eastmain

I use to live in Moose Factory Ontario,

But I live in one boring town called Eastmain Quebec

It is so boring lol, I wish i come back to Moose Factory,

Date: Thursday, April 1, 2004 Time: 20.11.36
Name: Terra Wynne City: MooseFactory

Hey hey!

Great Website I love it.....I was just checking out some websites and I stopped at this one and its exellent....

Date: Thursday, February 26, 2004 Time: 13.49.38
Name: Someone lol City: its an island

i say this webby is cool and i dun mind i at all i find it all interesting~ lata

~*~_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _~*~ *muah* x0x0

Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2004 Time: 18.17.27
Name: Nando Ramirez City: Wichita, KS U.S.

I found this site very interesting. I liked all the photos included. I hope one day I can be on all those places. If you have any tips of how to immigrate to Canada let me know. I would appreciate your help.

Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2004 Time: 08.58.07
Name: brunissen City: paris

i descend from brnissen ancestors from elsass region

Date: Saturday, December 27, 2003 Time: 02.18.49
Name: gus koutsaris City: long island,new york

I was born and raised in sault st marie, 1961, it was great to see this site also worked at algoma steel so those pics were also a flash from the past,living on long island now in new york those winters up there were just too cold!!! anyone wanting to keep in touch e`mail me at

Date: Thursday, December 18, 2003 Time: 09.06.25

Thanks ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: FROM BOBMUGU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

Date: Thursday, October 9, 2003 Time: 20.29.21
Name: agnes City: former resident

I grew up in Moosonee until I was that I am so far away from there, I miss it very's quite the place to'd have to be hard as nails to live there though...the reality of a place like that is it is filled with so much negativity, it obvious to recognize to an outsider and it's oblivious to an insider...although I know that I could never live up there again...moosonee is where my roots are and I hold strong to day I'll come home again for good...probably only as my last resting place...meegwetch

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2003 Time: 22.58.43
Name: Joesph Baumgartner City: Kirkfield

We are doing a project on Terry Fox at my school. I had my picture take at the Memorial site in 1997, but I would like to get some more information. Is there somewhere I could write to get it? You can e-mail me back to my Grama's e-mail she is

Date: Friday, September 12, 2003 Time: 19.53.05
Name: ajm City: MOOSONEE ON

Hi there,

im amazed seein a website of moosonee and moose-factory they have nice pictures of the elders, i live here in moosonee, i must tell you it is a very nice place to live ... just don't live here to long!(JK) to all you people that tour the north...

If anyone has told you not to cross the bridge durin tour season, well you would have met me, i tell you and i live across the bridge, it disappoints me to know some tours were givin faults information, if you're one of them that were told not to cross the bridge, please come back next year for a visit. have a nice year to all you tours !!! see yah next year!

Date: Friday, August 29, 2003 Time: 23.55.54
Name: George City: Toronto

Your site is invaluable. I just graduated school and was thinking about taking a break, and living for up to two months up north. Moosonee seems nice, but I am also curious about the even more remote locations, like Fort Severn. Anyone been that far? If so, and you can give me some advice, my e-mail is Thanks.

Date: Monday, August 11, 2003 Time: 06.49.18
Name: claudio City: udine

saluti da udine

Date: Thursday, August 7, 2003 Time: 23.20.41
Name: Jean-Marc Prevost City: Moosonee

Moosonee is the most wretched place on earth. After moving here 5 years i can sufficiently say with credibility that there is no place on earth which i want to be less than Moosonee. Never visit here, never mention you've been here. I can't wait until my sentence is up. If you want specific details as to why i hate moosonee with every morsule of my being, please contact me on msn. and i'd be glad to recount some tales.

Date: Saturday, August 2, 2003 Time: 16.52.59
Name: marc City: OH

Thanks for sharing information on Northern Ontario. Two years ago we came up on a lark with no planning. It turned out to be one of the best memories after 20 years of summer vacations as a family. We made good friends with a family from St. Catherines on the Agawa Canyon train tour, ended up the next day at Pancake Bay to camp with them. This year we bring with us friends to tour again the Canadian Lake Superior coast. Swim, kayak, relax, enjoy pristine beach beauty and sunsets, hike, bike, sightsee, shop, read, sleep in a hammock, pick your enjoyment! We are very grateful for your sharing the wonderful possiblities that await us once again. One more week and we are on our way to heaven!

Date: Monday, July 21, 2003 Time: 05.35.09
Name: Ken & Nicole Chan City: Ottawa

We are heading up to moosonee, thanks for the tips, will let you know how it goes.


Date: Saturday, April 5, 2003 Time: 14.44.59
Name: Ken City: Kingston

Looking for people from Sault Ste. Marie to view, sign and pass this site along to others. Lets keep in touch.

Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2003 Time: 09.31.19
Name: alexander City: omemee

My favrit city is suilt ste. marie

Date: Saturday, March 1, 2003 Time: 21.29.06
Name: Tom City: Wawa, PA, USA

Save Iraq, GO TO WAR! The people of Iraq need our help. Don't fall for all the lies. Sadam is a murder and video tapes the torture of his own people. He especially likes torturing kids to death in front of their parents and video taping the parents reactions!! Please, GO TO WAR, because it would SAVE lives!! How can we not help them :-(

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2003 Time: 22.33.58
Name: Peter City: Bay of Islands, Whitefish Falls, ON

Came across this site by accident. Very nice.

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2002 Time: 08.41.50
Name: Pam McGinnis City: Guelph

I remember Moosonee and Moose Factory from the two visits in the 50's. My aunt and uncle lived in Moosonee for years (Jack and Marie Ridd). My uncle worked for 2 Bay Enterprises and my aunt helped (or actually) started the hospital on Moose Factory. They had a cabin on Saw Pit island which they moved during the winter to Moosonee. I have lots of pictures from my visit. One memory is going to the movie (Old Yellar). We had an intermission while they mounted the next reel of film. I also remember the bugs (black flies). It was all great fun. I still have a jacket the my aunt bought in the 50's from the Hudson's Bay company.

If anyone is interested in contacting me -

Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2002 Time: 01.49.37
Name: Carrie (Wapachee)Hardisty City: Moose Factory

As a resident of Moose Factory it was nice to come across this site and view pictures of people who have lived here for several years. The island is quite isolated but enjoyable for ones who enjoy the outdoor life especially if you can handle the dry cold winters and the fierce north winds that we sometimes experience. There is so much history here that sometimes the residents of Moose Factory tend to forget and its nice to see others point of view of the place which my family and I call home.

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2002, 19.09.37
Name: harold house City: westhampton, ny

Last time I was in WAWA was in 1971 and we went to the movie house before flying into Lochalsh for a week. Played golf at a campground or adjacent to it, took the train to Goudreua...marveled at the ruins of the iron ore smelters...found out it had 10,000 people turn of the century. All in all it was one my most fantastic episodes and i've been worldwide. What wonderful people.

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2002, 19.12.50
Name: harold house City: westhampton, ny

last...forgot to mention father, also harold house who passed at 90 2 years ago, ...his best evening so he says was walking into Lochalsh from the camp at Wabatongushi and seeing "longest day" in a meeting house in the village. dogs, locals, guests, 5 reels - rewound after each...40s in mid july, bears on the way back, how wonderfully vivid it is.

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