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STR RAILROAD WEEKLY
NEWS OF THE RIDEAU VALLEY
WEEK OF APRIL 30, 1910
VOL 5 5/21/90
STR OPEN HOUSE 1990
The STR hosted another open house by the Doubleheaders, the 7th annual. It was a success with 929 visitors, over 600 to the STR. The crew worked a long day but thanks to them the visitors enjoyed themselves.
The retraining of crews for the tour day has produced an abundance of cross trained members. The crews were asked to indicate their job preferences so those that want new positions will have a chance if possible to be further experienced and the long standing members are taking backup fill in positions as available. The end result is if all crew members are fully trained to maximum desired positions then some other method of job assignment will have to prevail such as first come first up or a wide open call board.
BROCKVILLE, WESTPORT & NORTHWESTERN (CON'D)
Home of the Salmon and Black Bass. This lake is famed no less for it's scenic beauties than for the excellent fishing it affords. Its high rocky shores are well wooded, and the numerous islands that dot it's surface present every variety of rock and foliage form. These islands vary in size from single point of rock protruding above the water to large areas clothed in a sylvan garb of vegitated green. Bluff headlands break the shoreline, and to the south Blue Mountain rears its stately head, from the summit of which may be seen a grand panorama extending from the mighty St. Lawrence to Charleston the Beautiful, whose waters lave its base. While the islands secure to the inexperienced oarsman perfect immunity from danger in the roughest weather, the "big waters", beyond the line of the islands, afford more adventurous pleasures five miles of uninterrupted sea - room for sailing. The great depth of the lake and the absence of any miasma - breeding marshes ensure a pure and refreshing cool atmosphere. Hay - fever is unknown.
Perhaps it's greatest claim to popularity, however, lies in the fact that it affords, besides excellent fishing, hotels where anglers are guaranteed such comforts as are usually denied them at ordinary fishing resorts.
CEDAR PARK HOTEL, which has done so much to popularize this resort, is capable of comfortably caring for guests. It is the largest hotel on what is known as the Rideau chain of lakes and includes, among it's advantages, bathrooms and closets on each floor, gas lighting, open fire-places, through system of drainage, telephone and telegraphic connection, wide verandas and large, well lighted and comfortably furnished rooms. It is situated directly on the lake in a grove of cedars, five acres in extent, and has long enjoyed popularity as a homelike and comfortable hostelry. Mr. Leo Southworth, the general proprietor, will be pleased to forward, on application, an illustrated guide of Charleston Lake, giving full particulars as to rates, guides, etc.
CHARLESTON LAKE INN, another attractive hostelry, situated but a short distance from and overlooking the lake. From it's broad verandas a beautiful view is had of the bay and neighboring islands.
LAKE VIEW HOUSE is situated within a few yards of the lake, and from it's double verandas a fine view of the bay and adjacent islands may be had. The service at Lake View House is of the best, everything being done to secure the convenience and comfort of guests. For further particulars regarding rates, guides, etc., apply to Mr Robt. Foster, proprietor and manager of this enlarged and improved hotel.
GUIDES. There is a well-appointed boat livery on the lake and a large staff of experienced and competent guides, men skilled in the handling of boats, and capable also of getting up the shore dinners for which the lake is famous. Over 20 guides are permanently employed. There is also a daily mail to and from Charleston P.O. and telephone and telegraph services are of the best.
After leaving Athens, the road passes through a fine belt of country, drained by the waters to the north and to the south, and after passing one or two smaller stations, Soperton and Lyndhurst, you soon come again in sight of the great lake chain.
UPPER AND LOWER BEVERLY. These two lakes are one on the north and the other on the south of the village of Delta and are connected by a small river, across which the road bridges.
As you approach Delta, the road runs along side the Lower Beverly Lake for some considerable distance, and as you catch hurried glimpses of the lake, from ever-changing points of view, no more beautiful a scene could be imagined. Delta is the point that might well attract the man or woman seeking an outing. The village provides ample accomodation in way of hotels, and campers can always find full supplies needed by anglers and sportsmen, and reasonable prices.
BEVERLY PARK; some years ago the railroad company secured a large piece of propoperty on the shores of Lower Beverly, which they converted into a park. It comprises about ten acres, and is well wooded with pine and cedar, and makes an ideal spot for campers. A large and handsome pavilion occupies a central position in the park and provision has been made to look after the wants of tourist parties who prefer spending their vacation under canvas on the shores of this beautiful lake. The park grounds are kept scrupulously clean and have been laid out and improved, to be available for athletic sports of every kind. The fishing to be had in the Lower lake is simply out of sight. Black and Large-mouthed Bass abound, and boats and experienced guides are to be had at small cost. Cottages to be rented by the day or the season are always available. From this lake tourists can go by boat through a series of lakes to the famous Salmon fishing grounds at RED HORSE LAKE, and from this to the St. Lawrence at Gananogue. To leave Brockville at 9.00 A.M., spend the day at Beverly Park and return at 6.00 P.M. makes an ideal outing for a family or a private party, as the park is always quiet and parties can be as exclusive as they wish.
The next stop of any importance is made at the village of Elgin. The village is a thrifty little spot, the very center of a large farming and dairy community. But so far as the traveller tourist is concerned Elgin is of interest because it is from here we can reach Jones Falls. (To be con'd)
Tourists or excursuion Tickets may be purchased to points on the Brockville, Westport and North Western Railway at the principal stations on the Grand Trunk Railway, Canadian Pacific Railway and many of the railways in the United States. Tourists from New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Albany, Newark and other eastern cities will find it most convenient to take tickets via N.Y.C. & H.R.R.R.R. to Clayton and Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Company steamer to Brockville, or via Morristown N.Y., just opposite Brockville, Ont., where every train is met by ferry. Ticket offices will soon be open twenty minutes before departure of trains. Passengers are requested to purchase their tickets and get baggage checked as early as possible, keeping a memorandum of their number of their ticket and baggage checks, to aid in their recovery if lost.
Taken from W J Curle 1905.
This is the 5th issue of the STR Weekly.
Prez Bill Ackland
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