Great Canadian Parks / Ontario

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The Parks / Ontario / Pukaskwa National Park



 


 

People who lived here 5000 to 10 000 years ago probably made the puzzling rock structures called the Pukaskwa Pits along the cobbled beaches. Each is 1 to 2.5 metres long with 1.5 metre high walls. One might speculate on their usefulness as hunting or fishing shelters, or possibly lookouts or observation posts. When Etienne Brule explored Lake Superior in 1618, he was greatly impressed by its vastness; like a small ocean, its weather is unpredictable and storms and dense fog make navigating even quite close to shore an adventure. Voyageurs, missionaries, the inevitable fur traders, and the miners soon followed Brule; in the 1880's, the railway crossed over the top of Lake Superior on its way to transverse the continent. Commercial logging became a thriving industry in the early 1900's.

 

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