For some time now much of Hypenotic’s work and our volunteer efforts have been connected to food, sustainability, travel and culture. Over the summer an idea bubbled up; what if we made promotional gear for Ontario places that people would actually want to wear or frame on their wall?
A quick Wikipedia search revealed that Ontario has less than 10,000 Lakes, but we have enough of ‘em to warrant giving them the love they deserve.
This week we are starting with Lake Abitibi, the first lake in the alphabetical list. Every week we will work our way down the list creating a new logo for each lake to give you a new perspective on this amazing province we live in and the incredible resource that is water.
Accessible predominantly by train or plane, Esnagi is tucked away from the world and a haven for fish, moose, and other gems of nature– but mostly fish. Esnagi boasts plentiful and trophy-sized walleye and pike for the enjoyment of recreational anglers. Testimonials of great fishing trips and annual treks to this favourite spot seem to be as plentiful as the fish in the lake about which they are written. Lodges at Esnagi Lake adhere to the principles that guide fish-lovers in the conservation of fish as well as the fun of fishing, creating a sustainable and enjoyable environment. That’s some great nature-lovin’!
The rituals at Eels’s lake in the Kawartha region are like those in all of Ontario’s cottage country. This tweet from Eels’ Lake Marina let’s people know they can wander over and pick up their papers in their flip flops some time after they’ve enjoyed a morning coffee and eaten toast with jam.
Only now they let folks know via Twitter. Here’s the revised version of the above description….
….some time after they’ve enjoyed a morning coffee and eaten toast with jam and checked their iphones.
On a signpost entering Eagle lake there reads the moniker “Rhubarb Capital of Ontario.” An issue of Cottage Life leaves the two visitors to Haliburton pondering, just what is so rhubarb-y about Eagle Lake. They search out the answer only to come up empty handed.
Me: Did they eat rhubarb? Shauna: I’m not sure.
Later, Shauna and I went into the Eagle Lake store. I found an employee in the produce section.
Me: Do you have any rhubarb? Store employee: I’m not sure.
However, rather than quash the mythical connection between Eagle Lake and rhubarb, we want to stoke those flames in hopes that someone, someday will indeed help Eagle Lake live up to it’s mighty reputation.
Located in the quaint county of Haliburton, Drag Lake is, like many Ontarian lakes, a thriving cottage-country area where one will find clear, crisp water lapping against a rocky bank, a rolling blanket of pines, and loons calling to each other in the foggy distance. Though open fires are prohibited (no marshmallow roasting, sorry), the lake is not short of fun community activities, including husky walks and fishing for lakers.
In a timely article posted by the Haliburton Echo a few years ago right around Halloween, stories were told of an old family house built by one Sir William Laking in 1917 in which there were numerous ghost sightings over the years. Around the time the house was built, Mr. Laking was mourning his son, Sir John Laking, who worked for Laking Sr. in his lumber business. One day, John set out on Drag Lake to a mill logging camp, never to return. To this day, no one knows why or how he disappeared.
A more recent article describes a rotting axe found by divers at the bottom of Drag Lake. Connection? Perhaps (or not).
If you’ve ever visited Ottawa, chances are that you will recognize this lake. A man-made lake serving as a flooding control device for Rideau Canal, Dow’s lake is a cultural hub with family-friendly events and activities happening year-round, including canoe and paddleboat rentals, skating on the Rideau, and the famous annual Winterlude and Canadian Tulip Festival. Flanked by the Queen Elizabeth Driveway, a pavilion of restaurants overlooking the water, and Carleton University, Dow’s Lake makes for a versatile scenic pastime venue.
One of the most marked features of Kenora’s Dogtooth Lake is the presence of towering pine trees, all of equal height, surround the lake. The trees are the result of a huge fire in 1910 that cracked open pine cones and heat resistant seeds were scattered along the shoreline. This protective blanket of trees gives the lake a particularly picturesque look, all year long.