February 2009

Photographer: Unknown

Winter work

Bushworkers dump timber on Cassels Lake, circa 1949, for booming to the Gillies Bros. mill.

This is a rare photo of logging in Temagami from the era. Winter photography required unpleasant travel to remote logging camps, equipment was temperamental in the cold, and the light resisted cooperation. The photographer took this shot from the top of a loaded sleigh.

Logging then was seasonal. The pine was cut in the winter and sledded to dumps on lakes or rivers. After break-up, the logs were driven on rivers or boomed on lakes to the mills, which operated till freeze-up. These logs were boomed.

Gillies' mill stood on the site of the Cassels Lake public landing. It operated from 1945 to 1957.

The photo is from the Arnold Gillies Muirhead Collection at the National Archives.

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