Wednesday evenings during July and August in the 1950’s were looked forward to with great anticipation by the kids in my family. Our parents piled us all into their old station wagon for the drive to the Frost Centre. A room was set up with folding chairs facing a large movie screen. Each child tried to get a seat closest to the front row where we thought we’d have the best view. Films for the family entertainment were projected onto the screen the moment the lights went out. We sat entranced for an hour and a half watching cartoons, Lassie, Roy Rogers and even some educational National Film Board presentations on Lakes and Forest Life. Whatever was shown we loved and never complained.
THE GILMOUR TRAMWAY
THE GILMOUR TRAMWAY IS A MAJOR STORY IN THE HISTORY OF LOGGING IN ONTARIO. IT
WAS A ONE OF A KIND ENGINEERING PROJECT. THE ONLY SUCCESSFUL WAY TO FLOAT LOGS
UPHILL. UNFORTUNATELY IT WAS ABANDONED AFTER THREE YEARS. PARTLY DUE TO
MECHANICAL PROBLEMS BUT MAINLY CAUSED BY LACK OF WATER FOLLOWING TWO VERY DRY
SUMMERS AND LOWER THAN USUAL SNOWFALL IN THE SAME WINTERS. ALL THAT REMAINS
TODAY IS THE STONE STEAM POWERHOUSE THAT HAS BEEN TURNED INTO A LOVELY SUMMER
HOME AND THE REMAINS OF THE FOUNDATION FOR THE BASE OF THE POWERHOUSE FOR THE
JACKLADDER THAT SITS BELOW THE NOW MARSHY TRAMWAY POND.
A MODEL OF THE GILMOUR TRAMWAY IS ON DISPLAY AT THE DORSET HERITAGE MUSEUM.
AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE MUSEUM IS TWO BOOKS WRITTEN ABOUT THE