April 2002                                          Photo: Dan Carpenter Jr.

Photo: children watching cooking at Wunnummin Lake First Nation, 1979, Keewadyin canoe trip

Checking out the visitors

Section A visited Wunnummin Lake, a remote Native-Canadian village in northwestern Ontario, in 1979 while descending the Winisk River. Staffman Marshal Clunie is cooking. The white-washed Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) store is in the top-right corner. It doubled as manager's residence and store (uncommon at northern posts). In the background is the typical white fence that surrounded HBC posts.

"It seems that we always had the most visitors like that at Wunnummin and Lansdowne House. At both places, we camped right next to the Hudson's Bay Company store. On occasion an older sibling or parent would come by and chide the kids for bothering us but, to a point, we usually enjoyed having them around."

"I'm grateful there are no pictures of the time the kids at Lansdowne got me throwing a Frisbee. In a game of keep-away I landed one toss on the roof of the HBC manager's house. I wonder if it's still there." 

Dan Carpenter Jr., then Section A guide

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