Wet History

Logging used to be such a major industry in Ottawa-Gatineau. Now it’s a source of heritage stone structures for urban redevelopment. Just a generation ago, it was common to see log booms on the Ottawa River. Little boats were used to relocate the booms and the logs. It would surely have been dangerous work.

This historic boat is parked on the Gatineau-side shoreline. Unfortunately, the roller on the bow is concealed by the bushes. The tattered flag it is flying is a modified Canadian flag with an aboriginal person overlaid.

A similar boat used to be on the $2 bill, if memory serves me correctly.