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Reading: Northern Navigator Passport: Cochrane - Temiskaming Museums & Galleries Association: a Review
History and polar bears in abundant measure
Northern Navigator Passport - History & Culture on the Move!: Cochrane - Temiskaming Museums & Galleries Association, p. p. 38
This useful and absorbing booklet, issued by the Cochrane - Temiskaming Museums & Galleries Association (1), offers insights into a significant part of the preservation of Northern Ontario's historical and cultural heritage.
Facilities featured in the work include:
Colbalt Mining Museum: this is situated in a town which formerly supported 10,000 people and was a leading centre for colbalt and silver mining. Also in the town is:
The Bunker Military Museum, Cobalt: housed in the town's former railroad station, the museum includes a large selection of military uniforms.
Little Claybelt Homesteaders Museum, New Liskeard, Temiskaming Shores: this facility has a specialism in Family History. Here I must declare an interest, since part of my wife's family came from this area. The museum includes a Gift Shop and displays of hardware including water pumps and a blacksmith's shop.
Museum of Northern History: at Sir Harry Oakes Chateau, Kirkland Lake: housed in the former residence of a distinguished local entrepreneur who founded the Lake Shore Mine, the museum commemorates local pioneers and prospectors, First Nations legends and other aspects of the local past.
Hockey Heritage North, New Liskeard: this facility consists of a very large hockey historical archive, in the Province second only to the Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto.
Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre: this museum commemorates the Porcupine Mining Camp, in tribute to a very large past industry in the district.
Polar Bear Habitat & Pioneer Village: it is sometimes not appreciated that Northern Ontario has a latitude sufficient to support polar bears in the wild, but in any case the polar bears at this facility are contained in a viewing enclosure. Again I must claim an oblique interest for my wife's family in that a cousin of hers formerly flew helicopters to isolated settlements in Northern Ontario, from which experiences he warned of the dangers faced by helicopters on the ground from the fierce and destructive tendencies of polar bears! (2)
Interestingly, most of the facilties referred to in the work are situated in towns which are either on or near Highway 11, a very significant road artery in Northern Ontario.
September 9, 2013
(1) Disambiguation: Temiskaming, which basically refers to Lake Temiskaming, situated along the Ontario / Quebec border, gives its name also to the City of Temiskaming Shores: essentially an amalgamation of New Liskeard, Haileybury and Cobalt. It is not to be confused with the town of Témiscaming, situated in Quebec, albeit itself close to Lake Temiskaming / Lac Témiscamingue.
(2) Northern Ontario is also home to Polar Bear Provincial Park, located near Peawanuck, at the junction of Hudson Bay and James Bay.
MJFenn is an independent writer based in Ontario, Canada.
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