Many of us who live around Lake Superior have skated on the big lake’s ice. Some of us have hiked the ice to nearby islands, ice caves or points of interest. Still others have travelled even further by ice and distances of over 50 km / 31 mi. have been completed by skiers from around the lake.
At 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 5th, at the Mary J.L. Black Library in Thunder Bay, local historian Bill Skrepichuk will present an account of a much longer trek on Superior’s ice. Bill’s presentation, complete with graphics, outlines the story of over 3000 troops that trekked remote stretches of Superior’s ice in 1885. The troop movement was part of efforts by Canada’s government to move troops westward to the present day Winnipeg area to quell unrest. Various sections of the Canadian Pacific Railway around Superior’s North Shore were incomplete at the time, hence the lengthy treks over the ice, including the following stretches of Lake Superior.
- Port Munro (just west of Marathon,) to McKellar Harbour (west of Neys Provincial Park)
- Jackfish Bay (east of Terrace Bay) to Winston Harbour (east of Rossport)
- Kama (east of Nipigon) to Red Rock.
Bill Skrepichuk’s presentation is extremely well researched and is based upon the book he wrote entitled, “Troop Treks of 1885: Documents and Illustrations.” Hard and soft cover copies of the book will be available at the presentation which is free of charge. Everyone is welcome.
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