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