Tobogganing on The Point- Almonte




When I lived in Montreal in the 60s on Pine Avenue one of my fondest moments was to take a cardboard box along with others and scoot down some of the lower parts of  Mt. Royal. It didn’t matter that I was 17–or that I wasn’t in in love with Winter– but it reminded me of my younger years going down the hills on Glen Mountain in the Eastern Townships. This week when I found this article from 1887 in the Almonte Gazette it made me smile.


Almost every night now a glad and merry assemblage can be seen at the toboggan slide at “The Point”. There are many who make the crisp air reverberate with their ringing cheers and joyous laughter as the toboggan makes a swish and rattle that is deafening to the ears. It leaps down the chute and is shot over the smooth pathway of glistening ice to The Point and across the river. One good feature of tobogganing in Almonte is the entire absence of accidents or mishaps arising from carelessness.



The slide is so arranged that a serious accident is next to impossible where the least care is exercised. It is suggested that instead of the customary “ whoops” of the tobogganers in  descending the descent, a short ditty be adopted, after the manner of boat songs.

So where was The Point?

Author’s Note: As they once sang, “The hills are alive with music!”


From a Canadian Family

My how things have changed…

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News



Almonte in the winter-Cameronian church…. Public Archives


James Warren (1913 – 1941) of Carleton Place taught at Middleville Public School from 1933 to 1935. During the winter months, he would ski home every weekend, a distance of twelve miles across snowy fields!–Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


1915–These girls were having fun snowshoeing at the corner of Bridge Street and Townline Road–Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


So Where was the Location of the Almonte Illustration?


About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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