How to Really Catch Fish With Dynamite at the Glen Isle Bridge


bridge to glen isle

Bridge across the Mississippi River to Glen Isle- Public Archives- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Glen Isle, Ontario 1897

One day I proposed a fishing trip to my friend Mike who was laid off and went with me in our canoe. The pickerel didn’t show up to suit Mike. So, paddling to a rock entirely bare of vegetation he said,

“Now, John, I ’ll show you how to catch fish.”

He had a dynamite cartridge in a bottle. He inserted a fuse, packed the dangerous stuff tightly in the neck of the bottle and said,

“I ’ll touch this off, toss it in the lake and heaven help the fishes.”

I argued against such unsportsmanlike slaughter, and Mike got rattled.

We were standing on a naked rock by the edge of the water. Mike’s foot slipped, and that infernal bottle dropped from his hand. Thankfully we were not blown to kingdom come as Mike just grabbed the bottle an inch or so from the rock. He threw it as quick as lightening out in the lake. There was a convulsion, a vast jet of water shot up in the air and hundreds of fluttering dead and dying fish lay on the surface.

I couldn’t have touched one to save me from hanging, and Mike simply said,

“That was close enough,” as he suggested returning to town.

From that day on,  I have been just a trifle discreet as you might say. After all, good things come to those who just bait. Well, that’s what they say anyways.



Glen Isle and Appleton by Air-The Sky Pilots of Carleton Place

One Day a Long Time Ago on the Glen Isle Bridge

The Hidden Hideaway On Glen Isle

Glendinning Burial Plot

Lot 20, Con 12, Beckwith Twp.

Burials – Unknown

Thomas Glendinning lived on Glen Isle near Carleton Place and it is believed that his wife Jane and his daughter are buried here.  They died of Cholera.  There was an iron fence around the site, but it apparently has been ploughed over.  Thomas moved shortly afterwards to Western Ontario. 

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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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