Whale Sightings Outside Smiths Falls– Part 2

Whale Sightings Outside Smiths Falls– Part 2


Some people thought I was nuts when I first wrote a story about whale bones being found outside Smiths Falls in 2015.

If you didn’t know– Lanark County used to be part of the Champlain Sea. There are not a lot of fossils in Lanark County, but it has been reported that whale bones were found in a few places. “The remainder of a Humpback Whale was found near an empty pit at Welsh’s Station three miles north of Smiths Falls in 1883. The bones were found 30 feet below the surface”.

Doing research today I came across this article written in the Almonte Gazette in 1882 on page 1.

June 30 1882-Almonte Gazette

At the sand pit near Smith’s Falls, thirty six feet below the surface, the gravel train men found part  of what appears to be an extinct animal of the vertebrate kingdom—probably the remains of some *antediluvian race. The structure is bony, honey-combed, and crumbly, with two legs projecting as far as the joints, which latter are distinctly marked. As yet nobody has been able to give it an origin or a name.

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The Ottawa Journal19 Nov 1955, SatPage 29


Photo-Rideau Canal–

DYK: In 1883, the bones of a humpback whale were found in a gravel pit just north of #SmithsFalls#WhaleWednesday

Whale Sightings in Pakenham and Smiths Falls – Holy SeaWorld!


All about the Champlain Sea



of or belonging to the period before the Flood. Gen. 7, 8.


very old, old-fashioned, or out of date; antiquated; primitive:

antediluvian ideas.


a person who lived before the Flood.


a very old or old-fashioned person or thing

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 and now in The Townships Sun

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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