Category Archives: k-12

Wollastonite

I had no idea what Wollastonite was before I stopped here to take a picture of the inuksuk wearing sunglasses, and then did a bit of snooping about on Google. Named after the English chemist and mineralogist William Hyde Wollaston, … Continue reading

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Northland Power Solar Rideau Lakes

There I was, driving down a country road toward Narrows Lock (the Rideau Canal lock that separates Upper and Lower Rideau Lake) when I saw a pair of farms on the east side of Narrows Lock Road (County Road 14). … Continue reading

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A stream of ick?

Through the month of June and into July, yellow swirls of "stuff" can be seen on the surface of the water – It’s not pollution or oil or some sort of chemical foamy stuff, it’s merely pollen – the same … Continue reading

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Baldwin – Lafontaine Monument

The Baldwin – Lafonaine monument was created by Walter Seymour Allward, best known for his design of the very imposing Canadian Battlefields Memorial in Vimy, France. Erected in 1914, it is the only monument on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario … Continue reading

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W.N.Twolan

Built in 1962 by Geo. T. Davie & Sons Ltd (little Davie) in Lauzon, now Lévis, QC, the W.N. Towlan was designed for service in the port of Churchill, MB for the National Harbours Board. It was a twin screw … Continue reading

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Polson helipad

I found this and stood on it – the old helipad at Polson Pier in the Toronto Port Lands. It’s still used occasionally, but I’d rather not be in a helicopter there. Looking across a section of Polson Pier, you … Continue reading

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Drews Head Lighthouse

In 1874 the The New Brunswick parliament appropriated funds for a lighthouse at Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, to guide vessels into Beaver Harbour, which was frequently resorted to as a harbour of refuge. A site at Lighthouse Point on Drews … Continue reading

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Deer Island ferry

  The Deer Island Princess II and John E. Rigby operate on a 5 kilometre crossing of Passamaquoddy Bay between L’Etete on mainland New Brunswick to Stuart Cove on the east side of Deer Island. The service is operated year … Continue reading

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The Walter Gray

The small deck ferry Joshua Slocum was built in Halifax in 1973 by Halifax Metal Workers for the Minister of Highways. It  entered service on the short run between East Ferry, and Tiverton, Digby, County. Fitted with twin steerable props … Continue reading

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Colonel John By Fountain

Constructed of Peterhead granite, this fountain in the center of Confederation park in Ottawa honors Colonel John By. The fountain was relocated from Trafalgar Square, London, where it had played from 1845 to 1948. and now you know… © 2013 … Continue reading

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