Muskoka Pioneer Power Association Show Report

| July/August 1988

Box 2256 Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada P0B 1Co

Here are several photos of our young but enthusiastic Muskoka Pioneer Power Association based here in Bracebridge, Ontario. We number about 100 members and on July 9 and 10, 1988 we will be sponsoring our fourth annual show. In addition, many of our members participate in the 10-15 invitations to other shows and fall fairs from April to October. We journey as far North as Earlton, Ontario which is about a five-hour drive from Bracebridge and as far south as Milton, Ontario which is near the shores of Lake Ontario. Participation in Centennial Parades over the last few years is a bonus that we all enjoy.

Our club members are trying to preserve the heritage of Muskoka which is a delightful and popular vacation area situated among the beautiful Muskoka Lakes. Many Americans have summer homes here and spend their summers here.

Until the mid-1800's. this region was a dense bushland and the only means of travel was by water. Logging and homestead farming opened up this region and before long, the train tracks etched their way into the area.

Many affluent families from southern regions established summer homes around the lakes and from this grew the lodges and resorts which are still popular today. Small villages and towns dotted the river and lake shores and gradually the area opened up. Many of the stationary engines, tractors, steam engines and automobiles that our club members own today were recovered from around these summer homes and lumber camps and farms.