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?

Wooden Bridge At Pinehurst –A lady should not present herself alone in a library, or a museum, unless she goes there to study, or work as an artist in the late 1800s.
The grounds— in former times known as “ The Point ”— comprise about twenty-five or thirty acres, covered with magnificent original forest trees. It is approached from Union street by a solidly made gravel roadway, and from the Island by a similar roadway, passing, near the entrance, a stone cottage of neat design— the residence of the caretaker of the grounds. An offshoot from the Mississippi runs through the park, and one of the roads follows its banks as it winds its sinuous way to the Bay below.

About lindaseccaspina

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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