| ||The Marten River Prov. Park Logging Camp & Museum |
Marten River Provincial Park
Marten River, Ontario P0H 1T0
Fax: (705) 892-2147
|Open Victoria Day weekend to end of September|
You can almost hear those long-ago shouts of "Timber!!!" and feel the ground quake with the weight of those massive falling pines when you visit this replica 19th century Logging Camp located at Marten River Provincial Park.
Buildings at the logging exhibit- including a camp office, cookery, bunkhouse, meathouse, scaler's shack, stable, hay barn and blacksmith's shop- are replicas of the winter camps that were scattered throughout this area during the early 1900s.
Hundreds of artifacts within the buildings are all original and a number of larger logging artifacts are on display along an outdoor trail at the camp. These include a water tanker, a pointer boat, various logging sleighs, a crazy wheel, roller, square timber, and Otaco snow plow.
Guided tours of the logging camp are held Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during July and August. Special group tours can be arranged from May until the end of
September by calling the park office.
"The Winter Camp", an award-winning short film which depicts life in 19th century lumber camps, was filmed here in 1985 and is shown as part of every Logging Camp tour.
Remnants still remain of the massive stands of virgin white and red pine that drew lumberjacks to this area in the early 1900s. While at Marten River Provincial Park hike the Transition Forest Trail to see ancient living pines rivaling those that fell in the glory days of saw logging.
Those wishing to experience the thrill of an operating logging camp should visit the park for a weekend of activities during its annual Lumberjack Day special event, scheduled each July, call the park for further details on this event. Some of the activities offered are crosscut sawing competitions, bow sawing competitions, nail driving competitions, firewood relay races, log throwing competitions, pointer boat rides, chainsaw carving demonstrations, a logger's lunch and a pancake breakfast.
Marten River park has 192 campsites including 110 electrical sites. The park also has showers, flush toilets, three swimming beaches, three boat launches, and a laundromat.