Guest Book Entries July 2003 to December 2005

December 2005

Hello all Rainbow Country natives and fans of the old tv show. I and some other
fans are organizing a reunion of the show for fans and locales- with the ex-cast
and crew. We have had great interest thus far and we hope u all will be there.
To see what’s going down please check my site here and keep your eyes posted as
new news is made available. and

December 2005

Good day to all:

Please allow me to introduce ourselves, we are Pat and Nancy Rodgers and we
were residents of Willisville in 1985/86. We rented the second last house on
the end and had a great time living there. Unfortunately we had to move due to
lack of gainful work in the area.

We have made a number of trips back to Willisville and always make the climb to
the fire tower. This fall we made the climb and for the first time took a
digital camera with us. We have a large number or quality photos of the main
trail, top views and the lesser used trail that leads into the back of

If you could please supply a mailing address I would be more than happy to send
a CD with the photos, (named and dated of course) to your attention.

We also have many photos of our stay in Willisville which I will begin to scan
and save to a CD.

Thanks for the site as it is nice link for our memories.

Take care and have a good winter.

Pat and Nancy Rodgers
PO Box 187
L0K 2C0


October 2005

Have you heard about a painter/printmaker called Warren Jacklin? He did mostly
wild life, ducks, loons, etc..Some info appreciated.


July 2005


I came across your fascinating website searching for info on McGregor Bay. We
have a historic family connection to the Bay. My grandfather and grandmother,
Ivan and Florence Blair, purchased 10 acres on Samson Island in the 1930’s and
Grandpa later built a cabin and boathouse. My dad, David (Bob) Blair’ spent
many happy summers on the island, camping out in the early years. Grandpa was
an instructor of wood construction as Cass Technical High School in Detroit and
built docks, boat houses and cabins for folks in the Bay during the summers. I
visited as a child once in the late 40’s and as a 12 year-old in 1956. I think
the McGregors, mentioned on your website, ran the Landing where Grandpa came to
meet us by boat. Grandpa passed away in 1958 and my grandmother sold the place
in the early 60’s, I believe. My uncle Carroll Blair, school teacher in Detroit
during the school year, had a summer job with the Fergusons at the store for
many years. He and his wife, my Aunt Patsy and their son, Jim, owned a little
island just across from Grandpa’s place on Samson.

I would attempt to assemble some family pictures for your website, if that would
be welcome.

thanks for your help

Brent Blair

 July 2005

 Where is :  Stephen Shepley, nephew of the Smiths at what is now the Stevens cottage on Frood Lake –        Willisville visitor circa 1958 – 60. From NY or Pennsylvania. Father was an editor of Time  magazine.  

 Please contact



9 June 2005

My name is Christian Younkins. I am 23 and I live in Pennsylvania. My parents and I have been traveling to Whitefish Falls for vacation for years.
We stay at Forbes Holiday Resort every year. It is so peaceful there. We are planning to leave for our Whitefish Falls vacation the 1st of July.
This will be my fiancés third trip there. He has said before that “When you find the perfect vacation spot, it is hard to want to go anywhere else.” He has said that about Forbes and Whitefish Falls.
You have a great site. I particularly like the historical pictures of the  town and the area. I always wondered what the stone steps by St. Augustine’s Church were from.

Christian Younkins

 17 May 2005

           For the past 5 years I and a few close friends come up your way and stay
at the Bay Villa Lodge for the May long weekend…. and we always have a great time.
Since it is coming up…I thought I’d do a search ..and came across your great site.
A few of those landmarks I recognize …it’s always a trip I get excited about!

Anyways great site!
David Irvine
 4 May 2005
 Jeff Wilcox
Family Member of Wilcox Island
Bay of Islands
Barrie, Ontario
I think of “My Heaven” every day and it’s nice to know that others can
see why I call it that! Great site!

Jeff Wilcox

19 April 2005
Great site with lots of great photos. I look at the site often in the
dead of winter and it just brightens up the day. Makes me want to head
down for a visit. How about a Baie Fine photo page? I often think
about getting into Grace Lake. Is the trail marked? Any ideas on
rocks? I’ve lost 2 foots in McGregor Bay and now just stick to Baie
Fine. Any thoughts?

Keep up the labor of love, as this site is great!

Steve Petrovic

18 April 2005


I really like your web site. I especially like the
pictures and I come back often to look at them some

I’m from Columbus Ohio and my parents own a cottage on
Manitoulin Island. My family has been coming up to the
Bruce Peninsula/Manitoulin Island area for three
generations (make that four now, with my children).
Despite all of the times we’ve been in the area, we
have only “passed through” the La Cloche area and
never really stopped to explore.

Your pictures have inspired me to plan for a canoe day
trip with my parents to Frood Lake and possibly a hike
over to Grace Lake next month. As I don’t know too
much about the area, is there a place to park a car
and launch a canoe for a day trip in Willisville? If
so, then you might see our truck with Ohio plates in
May. 🙂

You have a very nice site. Keep up the good work!

Geoff Davis
My web site:

12 March 2005
Wanting to see pictures of Solar and ChandraLi Paul taken during the years of
their residence there from 1978 to 1986.

Rochelle Paul

4 March 2005Hello

I was wandering around the web and came across this site. And the Roszel name
caught my eye. Now I have not been in the Manitoulin island area for over 45
years and I may have the wrong place, because La Cloche does not ring any bells
with me. But Willisville does seem familiar. I would like to see if this Bill
Roszel could be related to me. Could you pass along a message to him or his
family. Does Hector Arnold Roszel mean anything to him.

Thank you . I have been doing the Roszel Family history for many years and would
like to get in contact with some of the family members.

James E. Roszel

 The Butlers
24 Dec 2004
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Holidays to all of our visitors and friends. The guest book will be available in January 2005. Happy Holidays from The Butler Family
John Savage
17 Nov 2004
I live on Manitoulin at Bay Estates on Manitowaning Bay
mike charman
12 Nov 2004

Looking for Mary Jane McCoy. Last known address is Alaska. Perhaps a B&B. I spent the summers with Mary Jane at Golden’s Camp (now Bearskinners) during the late 50’s and early 60’s. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

10 Nov 2004

If you are a descendant of William, Ernest or Frank WILLIS, please contact me regarding new info on our WILLIS FAMILY REUNION on July 2, 2005. We are anxious to contact all descendants. It will be a great gathering!


Ian Phillips
 06 Nov 2004

I am from Little Current, Ontario. I am a descendant of William Henry and Fannie Willis. My great great great grandfather William Henry was a brother to Ernest Willis.

Andy McKean
02 Nov 2004

Hello, I was wondering if you could help me find some information. I got some feedback from Melissa at the Friends of Killarney regarding how fast a person has completed the La Cloche trail in Killarney Provincial Park – Ontario. Do you know if there are any official or unofficial records for how fast the 100 km La Cloche Silhouette has been hiked? She has heard of someone doing it in 16 hrs!! Wow!! Any advice on where this information could be found? Andy McKean


Dale & Linda Johnston, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories,Canada
31 Oct 2004

Hi folks Received your web page from my mother in Cobalt, Ontario where both Linda and I are from. My cousin Kerry Butler (Kennedy) lives in this lovely spot. Haven’t seen her for years and years. Your web page is very well done.

Darlene Millar (Johnston)
24 Oct 2004

In speaking with my cousin, Kerry Butler (Kennedy), it brought back memories of when I was in Killarney Provincial Park as one of their first park naturalists. Those memories are very powerful even today. The area has so much to offer and the views and solitude captivating. I’ve often wished that I could take my own family back there. Darlene Millar, Cochrane, Alberta (near Calgary)

20 Oct 2004

I am looking for a simple blueberry jam recipe. Hope you can come up with one. Thanks!! Please send to

Becky McLeish
19 Oct 2004

The old locals will remember my parents: Don and Pauline McLeish. we lived in one the Forbes Cabins for 3 years and we also lived in Willisville for 2 years. That was sometime in the early 1970’s. We moved to Sault Ste. Marie and are still here except for my brother Scott- He’s in London, Ont. Miss the fishing and the beauty but, Sorry, not the seclusion.

Melissa Colthrust
08 Oct 2004

OOOHHHH, I miss home, the scenery is so beautiful. I am currently living in Muncie, Indiana going to school, but I am from Mississauga, Ontario. Linda Charman, just wanted to say hello and thank you for introducing me to the site!!!!

larry williams
07 Oct 2004

Nice family pictures Lisa and beautiful scenery.

Pam Williamson
27 Sep 2004

Hi, there I read about your two web-sites in the Manitoulin Expositor this past weekend (also lacloche site). I am glad to hear that your site exists and was intrigued that you decided to retire to that area in particular – it is a little hard to get into, esp.during the winter. My husband and I were both raised on Manitoulin and are looking forward to going home this year (not to retire). It will be interesting to know how we (and the Island) will fare. We own a camp on the North Channel of Manitoulin between Little Current and Sucker Creek. Take care. Pam Williamson

Ted Sues
22 Sep 2004

Hello…Nice site My wife and I were in Willisville this summer (2004)during our visit to Killarney Provincial Park and Manitoulin Island. Neat town and absolutely spectacular scenery. We are from the Toronto area and go to Killarney canoe tripping every year but was my first trip to the Willisville area. We’ll be back

Paul Malcew
21 Sep 2004

Come visit us at The Pines Inn Killarney, Ontario

rick seguin
13 Sep 2004

hi i live in windsor ontario canada i visited this area in the 1970’s and remember seeing percy coons riding his boat standing up passing by kerrs camp. i stayed there with my parents and had a very good time. my aunt and uncle “don and emma meloche” were very good friends of percy and used to go to his cabin out on howry creek. these pictures bring back very good memories and i am happy to stumble upon them and i will share them with these people. i hope they can send you more pictures from this era. from what i’ve been told percy built many of the log cabins at kerr’s camp. i remember stories telling how he pruned the trees with his shotgun. and without a refrigerator he kept his bacon in a bacon box and for breakfast he would take the smoked bacon out and slice it for breakfast. what would we do today without a refrigerator?!!

12 Sep 2004

Calling all descendants of William WILLIS and Mary SIMMONDS. Please contact me regarding a WILLIS reunion planned for 2005.

George Czerny
03 Sep 2004

La Cloche and Willisville are featured in the newest travel guidebook in Canada ( released Sept.1,2004)…. “George’s Georgian Bay”. Whitefish Falls is named too, by author George Czerny, who travelled around and around Georgian Bay in recent years to gather information for the 180-page book. He headlines 54 municipalities around Georgian Bay in his book as he promotes the area as his “centre of the universe”. For more details, log on to In the meantime, keep up the good work proomoting LaCloche and Willisville with this site! From: George Czerny, Craigleith, Ontario (near Collingwood) on the southern shore of Georgian Bay. e-mail to

Jane Bowley
01 Sep 2004

I currently live and teach in Glencoe, Ont. I was Junior Ranger in 1979, and continued as Junior Foreman and Subforeman for six years there. I still love to visit friends in Espanola. The greatest summers I have had in my life were spent up there.



22 Aug 2004

Super job as usual, Jon.


13 Aug 2004

Hi Butlers, thanks for a great week of hiking, eating, camping, eating, boating, eating, kayaking, eating, walking, eating, shopping and of course the best hospitality from the best brother and sister-in-law in the world. Don’t let me forget, he’s a great cook too. Love you, thanks for the great days.

Wendy DeHaven

10 Aug 2004

I have a few questions about Moredolphton lodge. Was it ever open in the fall/winter? If memory serves me correctly, my parents spent their honeymoon there. However, they were married in Nov. 1943. My folks refereed to it as Camp Moredolphton, not lodge. Who were the original owners? Did the kitchen ever offer broiled grapefruit? Thank you very much. Wendy DeHaven

Paul and BJ Guest

07 Aug 2004

Jon, we were were pleased to make your acquaintance on the porch step pouring over the Killarney Park map. Entering from the NW corner is still on our list of paddling trips. As a Junior Ranger out of Massey in 1968, I participated in an archaeological excavation of Fort La Cloche. I can clearly see myself sitting in that 5 ft square with a trowel, whisk broom and pail, scratching up bits of china, metal and cutlery. How would we know the Willisville website would remake the connection? Thanks again for welcoming us. See you again!

Dr Richard Blackburn

28 Jul 2004

Truly one of the finest sites for natural beauty in all Ontario, in any season. I’ve gazed from it each summer for almost 25 years

Emily Weber

13 Jul 2004

USA. My family vacations every year on Lake Charlton..Weber Island. It is hard to be away from the island all year only to see it for a week or two in the summer, but these pictures are a nice reminder.

Cindy Ellison

06 Jul 2004

I really enjoyed looking at the pictures on this site. Since I grew up in Willisville it was really nice to find the web site and see all the pictures.


27 Jun 2004


Beautiful pictures and interesting historical pictures. Keep up the good work.

Gene Hogg

27 Jun 2004

Have visited and fished from Charlton Lake but lovre the canoe trips to Killarney not going this year 2004 but miss it and will return in 2005 BEAUTIFUL is all I can say about La Cloche Mountains and Killarney

denis,christina,leah and caryn

13 Jun 2004

hi jon,kerry,vanessa and sam, betty gave me your “site” address today in the grocery store. betty still looks great. we are all doing well and trust you are also. i was a “junior ranger” located at “killary park” in 1967. i had a great time. christina vacationed at the “black rock” resort with her family during the 70’s. she loved every moment. bye for now. the zapotochny family.

Winston Golden

10 Jun 2004

Super job in establishing this web site. As an old family resident of Willisville, Whitefish Falls area, I certainly appreciate the effort. Cheers!!!

melissa charman gitomer

04 Jun 2004

the place where childhood memories were made. looks similar to where i live now, flagstaff, arizona, but little water here. lots o’ mountains, though. melissa charman gitomer

Susie Hill

02 Jun 2004

Just to let you know we own an island in McGregor Bay. we are in north bay directly across from Walsers Landing. We are the middle of the “3 sisters islands” on the way to the pothole portage. The pictures are lovely. My uncle, Ernest Abbott arrived up in the bay in 1929 and bought the island now known as “Rocky Bottoms”. at that time there were maybe only about 10 families living there. My grandfather, Merle Abbott started coming up with his family and staying with Ernest in 1934 and bought his island in 1948. I started coming up the year I was born and started bringing my son up the year he was born in 1968, and my daughter followed in 1971. I have only missed the year of 1972 since then, and don’t expect to miss another as long as my health holds out. We don’t think there is a finer place anywhere on this earth. The world gets smaller and smaller by our technologies today, doesnt it? But, fortunately, McGregor Bay has not been changed too much by it. Thank you for the opportunity to look at these wonderful pictures and make me think I am there when I see them!! Susie Hill

Scott Gaddis

02 Jun 2004

I am pretty sure this is were my mother and step father live.(Mike & Linda) You should know who this is if what they say is true (everyone knows everyone) Just here checking it out. Looks like a wonderful place to be. SWEEEEETT!!!!!!!!!

Jon Butler

19 May 2004

Help support our website by purchasing a or La hat today. Check out the General Store for complete details. We are expanding our McGregor Bay, Bay of Islands and Killarney photo galleries so please send us your photos and tell your neighbours to do the same. Thanks for your help to make this site a pictorial history of La Cloche.

Scott Inkley

30 Apr 2004

Ruth Johnson’s picture #20 (Killarney Photo Gallery) in 1941 is of the MIZPAH, Commander Eugene McDonald’s 185 foot yacht. It was McDonald, whom Roosevelt came to fish with in 1943. The Mizpah was commissioned naval ship PY29 in 1942. This is the last picture of her in the bay.


27 Apr 2004

WOW great site i lived there for so long i have only been gome for 2 years and i miss it dearly when i seen all the pictures of the area i nearly shed a tear thanks for what maby a last look


15 Apr 2004

Hi, I just made a short visit to your site, nice page, keep on – Greetings Andrea

Stuart Bailey

12 Apr 2004

Thank you very much for the great tour on Friday, April the 9th Jon. I have given the website address to a friend of mine who left Willisville in the early forties. Perhaps all of us will be back since we all live in North Bay, which is not very far away. The website is great too.

Jessie Willis

14 Mar 2004

I was using for a random picture search…I typed in my own name, Jessie Willis, for a search and it brought up a picture of the Willis family; it amazed me to see that one of the members of the family had my exact name with the same spelling. So I clicked on a link to this site for Willisville. I would have never imagined there was such a place. I live in Alabama, United States of America

Carol Hill

11 Mar 2004

So happy to learn about this beautiful part of the world .Have lived on Manitoulin for only a short time[2 Yr.]Carol Hill, I am exploring & Willisville was one of my first stops .We have an island on Tyson Lake so Killarney is dear to our hearts as well, children worked & lived there as they grew . We live just outside of Sucker Creek over looking the North Channel & the la Cloche mountains ,Fort La cloche is right across the channel & the view from the dinning room window is glorious[from any window in our home].THANK YOU ! Carol Hill

Frank Springer

10 Mar 2004

A great site. I was pleasantly surprised at the information included. My parents, Oscar and Eunice Springer, lived in Willisville in the early 1940’s and I visited there often as a teenager to play hockey, hike, hunt and fish with my cousin, Max Stevens. I always understood why artists enjoyed the area, and fondly remember climbing the fire tower when the Fire Ranger was there. He would let us use his binoculars to view the smokestack in Sudbury. It is indeed picturesque. I now live in Wawa, Ontario where I have worked for the Algoma District School Board (and predecessors) for 31 years. I look forward to visiting Willisville again in the not-to-distant future. I also learned of the site through Doug Becks, a high school classmate and former resident of Willisville, now living in sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Monty White

04 Mar 2004

Beautiful work! Monty

Sue Nielsen

02 Mar 2004

Love the photos, I am a freelance writer/photographer myself and nature lover and pure northern girl. I truly underappreciated the beauty of the La Cloche region. The spirituality of the landscape and people is admirable. Thks Sue Nielsen Espanola.

Mike Lahaie
01 Mar 2004

Hi there. I remember you being publisher at the Standard and I also know Bill Stewart where he worked in Elliot Lake.I remember buying a set of traynor speakers off you .Nice to see you have chosen a new path in your career.Best of luck to you and family. I have a cottage on Lang lake just behind you.I’m right at the bottom of the LaCloche mountains. Like my grandfather and father I have chosen this water shed to live in the summer,sometimes winter. I’ve come here to lang since I was a toddler at the knights of columbus camp when it was open.The only thing different my dad and grandfather used to canoe the waterways into whitefish falls every year. I use a motorized boat to get to camp 3 miles up. I’ll keep in touch Mike Lahaie You may recognize me in one of my pictures there.

24 Feb 2004

Hi guys, thanks for the great weekend! The snow was spectacular, the walks envigorating, the scenery beautiful and as usual the hospitality wonderful. Thanks again to Mrs. Golden for her “golden” apple pie! Love you. Vicki

Bonnie Wheeler
22 Feb 2004

Hi, Just checking in to see the changes. It is great to see pictures of the store and train station and to read coments by my cousins and their kids. Your site is well appreciated. Bonnie

Rick Weber
18 Feb 2004

Hi There My family has been coming to Lake Charlton my whole life. To me it is the most beautiful place in the world. Frank G. Weber is my Grampa (to me the greatest man alive) he has kept our entire family together with his cabin there. It is like a dreamworld to a child. The sunrise and sunset, the smell of the air,the breeze,the rainy days, the fish, the rocks. Lake Charlton is my paradise,and I plan for my children to have the same love for Canada. We will be up again this summer, and hopefully every summer for the rest of my life. Sincerely, Rick Weber

Shirley & Ed – Mohawk Motel Massey
18 Feb 2004

Hi John, We read about your websites in “Around and About”. We bought the Mohawk Motel and moved to Massey 2 years ago and we love it here. Great pictures you have on your website. We have friends who live at the LaCloche – that way we have the privilege to enjoy the beauty of it once in a while. I always wanted to take photos of the LaCloche area for our website. I also took some gorgeous pictures of the North Channel, which you can find on our website: or We, Ed and I, love to see websites of our great area!! Keep up the good work! Ed and Shirley

18 Feb 2004


Richard Wayne Golden
17 Feb 2004

Born Sudbury Jan 1 1941 lived Espanola 1946 to 1958 Willisville 1984 to 1988 My Grandfather Richard Golden and his 3 brothers George Wellington, Robert and Charles Golden Harolds dad settled the valley between white fish falls and the tower in 1923 In 1994 I was in the First Infantry Division Museum In cantigny Illinois and found records showing Harold’s dad MY uncle Charles was in the American army in WW1 and a platoon Sgt with the 1st Infantry Division 1st Battlion 18th Infantry Rangers had been decorated by General Black Jack Pershing for Valour he and 3 of his platoon took 30 German prisoners after hand to hand combat.I gave copies of these records to Mary Lou Harold’s wife. I had served in this division in VietNam hence my reason for visiting this museum

Roberta Scully
17 Feb 2004

Beautiful Site! I’ve often taken pictures during my kayak sojurns around Whitefish Falls/Bay of Islands…’s truly magnificent country. Since they’re not digital, I can’t forward any at present, but I live in Espanola and will surely be taking more. R.S.

Ed and Mary Ann Streacker
15 Feb 2004

You have a very beautiful website. Found you website from info in our McGregor Bay newsletter. We have property on the mainland next to Tom Green. Ed purchased the property from Rueben Green in 1967. Our family of three sons, have been going there, ever since. Our sons are married and bring there families, every summer. We built our cottage there, and have added on to it, and other structures, as well. Always look forward to our trips to the Bay. We have been just about everywhere you can go by boat. The last two summers we have traveled in our cruiser, from Lake Erie to our cottage. Very nice voyage. We have many memories and photos, of our many trips. Enjoyed a fall stop at Willisville, to view the foilage from there. Keep up the good work. Thank you. The best area in the world.

alison streacker
15 Feb 2004

this is a cool site to be at!i live in the USA!

Solar Paul
13 Feb 2004

Hello, Hey its the prodigical son come back after all these years! I’m back in the hood.Looking forward to Lou`s apple pie; Harolds rhetoric, and big pike off the pump-house. Call ME1 LOVE LOVE LOVE

Eloise Aho
12 Feb 2004

Steve Weber
10 Feb 2004

Dayton, Ohio – USA I’ve been going to Charlton Lake since I was born. I love it!

D’Arcy O’Neill
10 Feb 2004

A favourite site, the photos are all “Northern windows” to me as I work in the big city… Introduced to La Cloche in late 50s as a child out of Sudbury…and have been returning ever since. Have logged many, many miles in all seasons throughout the area by canoe and snowshoe; recently (Jan./04)was helped out by John and Ken and their snowmobiles when they came upon me manhauling my familar sled across Charlton, on my way to Cranberry Bay, and here I thank them each again. A testament to the type of good folks in Willisville.

John & Carrie Taylor
06 Feb 2004

Ian Rutherford
05 Feb 2004

Jon, By the smile on your face you are having far too much fun in retirement. Good on you! Enjoyed the tour. Your sunsets are as wonderful as the ones we enjoy at Port Elgin. Ian

Gary Goegan
04 Feb 2004

Late summer 2001 me and my good friend Derek Reed did the turn from Willisville to the Killarney entrance around and back again. Challenging portages were worth it. The scenery was spectactular. This is one of the most beautiful places in the world.

George Czerny
04 Feb 2004

Hello Jon! Love the website! Love LaCloche! I am writing a book, the working title of which is “George’s Georgian Bay” and want to include reference to your website so that I can help to promote LaCloche! My upcoming book provides a variety of information about places and attractions around Georgian Bay. It provides handy information ( such as where is the closest hospital) as well as my viewpoints about my travels around Georgian Bay. I live in Craigleith, Ontario (near Blue Mountian ski resort) and very close to the shore of southern Georgian Bay. I have been touring around Georgian Bay assembling information for my book. I was in Whitefish Falls, twice, and enjoyed chatting with folks at the general store there! I shall write to you again someday to update you about my book. Keep up the good work! Best regards, George Czerny, “George’s Georgian Bay”, 209763 Highway 26 West, RR 3, Collingwood, Ontario, Canada L9Y 3Z2. E-mail:

Rae Ann Ylinen
03 Feb 2004

Great web site – congrats to whoever did all the hard work. Enjoy looking at the pics, except for the ones of the burning Red Dog – I’m very lucky to have spent ‘a fair bit of time there’ and have some great memories.

Garry Gordon
02 Feb 2004

Great site Jon. Bet this is a lot more fun than selling newspapers. Best of luck with it and hope to get up your way someday to see those pictures come to life.

Denise J. Guenette
02 Feb 2004

I love the area. Very scenic and peaceful. A friend of mine lived there once, Peter Shaver now living in Val Caron near Sudbury, Ontario. The pictures are great mostly this blue one here. I have a few pictures at home will have to dig them up.. Have a nice day. denise

judy burton
01 Feb 2004

The best web-site about Northern Ontario. We have been to your beautiful little village a few times as our camp is in Manitoulin Island which we visit every weekend. Keep up the good work. I have also met one of your native citzens with the surname of Golden. Excellent work!!!!!!

calvin young
31 Jan 2004

Arthemise Camirand-Peterson
31 Jan 2004

I live in Sudbury, have organized many tours to Manitoulin in the years 1988-91. I called my tour Company “Island Tours:. I always had the buses go into Willisville and White Fish Falls. I would speak of the group of Seven and tell the history of each town or inlet. I love your website. Bravo!

Sharon Sproule
31 Jan 2004

Dear Jon What an absolutely wonderful site you have created – THANK YOU. I printed the picture of Joe and his and your kids – it’s a treasure. He doesn’t have a computer so I’ll mail it to him. Called Lynne Dee, our daughter in Ottawa, and told her about the site. She was delighted. Congratulations!!

Martin Neva
30 Jan 2004

Saw the article in the Sudbury Star today and thought I would take a tour. The landscape photos are terrific. Did you take them? Great site and congratulations. Lively, ON

Linda Denton
30 Jan 2004

Great web site. I just read an article in the Sudbury Star & thought I’d check it out. We often pass by the Willisville road on our way to the Island and sometimes stop at the little lookout just to enjoy the view and let the kids climb the rocks. We live in Val Caron, just north of Sudbury.

29 Jan 2004

Nicky Lamothe
27 Jan 2004

Awesome SITE!

23 Jan 2004

Hi there, just dropped in to see what’s new. Lots of great things to read and look at. Is the ice in yet? See you soon. Vicki

guyman wayo
21 Jan 2004

lovely sites

barbara mueller
07 Jan 2004

After writing to you concerning not being able to access the website, I tried again and it came up immediately. There are some wonderful new pictures and I’m so glad I am back with you!

Dick With
02 Jan 2004

Congratulations on a fascinating website. Another new and related site is at which is devoted to appreciations of the entire Georgian Bay region. If you or your readers would like to contribute writings or illustrations about the La Cloche/ Killarney region to Sweetwaters, they would be most welcomed. I will try to persuade the webmaster (my son) to include a link to in his next update. All the best for 2004.

Sue Stewart
31 Dec 2003

Londonderry, NH Hi Mike and Linda. Sue

Jon Bond
23 Dec 2003

seetha Lakshmi
20 Dec 2003

Heather Wilson
Widgawa Lodge
12 Dec 2003

Hello all If anyone is interested in hockey, please watch the Toronto vs. Montreal game on December 20, as our own “Stuart Lindsay Eccles Wilson” (age 5) will make his NHL debute. His team “The Espanola Timbits” will be playing at Air Canada Centre between the 1st and 2nd periods at the TO game. We’ll all very excited for Stuart, and I get to go along to cheer him on. Take care, Heather


07 Dec 2003

You would have some truly beautiful post cards if them pictures ever got printed…

Jessica Scheuerman
04 Dec 2003

I was wondering about the picture in the picture gallery under the 1920’s of Frank and Francis Weber, they are my great grandparents and was just wondering where the picture came from and why they might of been out there, and where is this place located at. Thank you Jessica Scheuerman

Chai Fui Jung
28 Nov 2003

Ray & Betty White
27 Nov 2003

I was just browsing and found your little village. I visited there last summer to refresh memories of 1943. I thought perhaps you might want to add to your history, the story of the lake levels, and the part that John Deagle and finaly Ontario Hydro played in maintaining of it. I wrote up a biographical account of Mr. Deagle’s life several years back. I believe Mr. Jim White of Whitefish Falls may have a copy for some historic work they were doing then. I also sent a copy to the Library in Little Current and the Museum in Sheguenda. Another interesting character of the times was Mr. Jack Dever, who lived out at the highway corner before the new highway came in. I don”t remember too many of the village of Willisville, I believe there was a couple of families by the name of MacDonald. I have visited the gravesite of Ronnie MacDonald in Holland, but haven”to been able to find any reference to him on any veteran’s memorials. Best wishes to you and your lovely village.

Peg Forbes
23 Nov 2003

Jon Butler
18 Nov 2003

Thanks to all of the residents of McGregor Bay who are sending in their photos. Please keep them coming and tell your neighbours about our site.

Dorothy Harvey
05 Nov 2003

I live in McGregor Bay from May until the end of Sept. – Island TP 1403, Middle Samson. (Cambridge, Ont. the rest of the year) Jim Pence told me about this site. It’s quite wonderful! All of us who share this beautiful country count ourselves most fortunate. There is nowhere else quite like it!

kelly kahrmann
04 Nov 2003

I have been vacationing on Charlton Lake since I was born in 1958. I have seen alot of changes, but the beauty of the area always remains. It takes your breath away when you drive up the Willisville road. -Kelly Kahrmann, Ohio, USA

Jim & Ginger Pence
27 Oct 2003

We have owned and enjoyed Island #745 in McGregor Bay from 1983 to the present. Your website is wonderful and we will submit some pictures soon. Thank you for your effort. Jim and Ginger Pence

Frances Kay-Bach
22 Oct 2003

Do you have photos to go with your recipes? It would add so much! I’m looking for one of the duck with blueberry sauce. Sounds scrumptious.

Dale Wilson
Algoma Eastern Railway Heritage Group
21 Oct 2003

RE: Train photos in the Willisville 1940s Photo Gallery. In the case of the shot showing the rear two cars of a mixed train, you might be interested in knowing that the last car on the train is the CPR Superintendent’s car for the Algoma District of CPR. The car was based in Sudbury and numbered 7 and its history is available if anyone is interested. The next to last car is clearly labelled Pullman and the name on the car side cannot quite be made out, although you may have a better image. Such cars were not common, usually being some form of special charter bringing people from the United States to the region. The other photo shows the head end of a mixed train. Note that the locomotive is a relatively heavy freight locomotive, in keeping with the coal business from Turner and quartz hauling from Lawson Quarry. Several passenger cars were hooked on the rear end and travelled at whatever speed the locomotive could manage.

Buddy Weber
29 Sep 2003

I really enjoy your website. Our family has been coming to visit Lake Charlton yearly since 1926. We’re from Dayton, Ohio, USA … But in the summertime, we’re from Willisville. Keep up the good work. – Bud Weber

Bryce Riching
29 Sep 2003

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Tina Ohlman (Ferris)
13 Sep 2003

Currently I am living in Barrie,ON. I lived at 1B Crescent in the early 70’s.

Erik Hager
01 Sep 2003

We have been staying at Camp Manitou for 2 years now and have had a wonderful time there. We have gotten to know some great people. I’d like to know more about Fort LaCloche and the trails that travel through the LaCloche Mountains. Can anyone help me? I’m from Brantford Ontario. Thanks, Erik

Cindy Little
27 Aug 2003

My first visit to the Lacloche mountains was an excellent one. My family and I stayed at Whitefish Falls and had an excellent time. We live in Sarnia, Ontario. I could not get enough of the beautiful scenery. I can’t wait to come back again next year!!!

Stan Collins
21 Aug 2003

My family and I live in Granville Ohio, USA. My cousin Robert Collins purchased a property on the Bay of Islands side of Birch Island two years ago, which made visiting the area very easy. We have done so several times since, including our most recent visit in August 2003. All members of the family enjoy the area immensely, and we have taken many beautiful photographs that we prize, inclusing some from the fire tower trail on Willisville Road. Thank you for making your beautiful website such a nice way to revisit the area. The Collins Family

20 Aug 2003

Thanks for the great time we had in Willisville last week. So nice of you to arrange that spectacular sunrise on Fire Tower Mountain. The blueberries were wonderful, especially Mrs. Golden’s muffins hot from the oven. Shelby is dreaming of going back, to run free and swim in the lake……Can’t wait to go back to Wonderful Welcome Willisville! Vicki, Sam and Shelby

Peg Hewson
19 Aug 2003

Dear Jon and Kerry, This is not a comment on your website but a personal message that I thought would interest you. Our younger son Ben lives in Kelowna,B.C. in rented quarters in the middle of a vinyard on Lakeshore Drive. At present he is part of an Evacuation alert in case the forest fire should move any closer to his area. Today he and his landlord have cut down and removed 35 trees to provide a break from the approaching fire. To see some spectacular photos of the area and the fire, see website of Kelowna. We are tied up in Sudbury with family coming and going from John Island these weekends. Hope to get to Willisville soon. In the meantime we are waiting for Mars. Thanks for the info. Hope to see you next time we are in the area. Peg H. P.S. Do you have a copy of Eunice Richards book on the Bay of Islands?

Lowell and Suzie Fuqua
17 Aug 2003

04 Aug 2003

always better

Bob Quigley
28 Jul 2003

Loved the pix of your town. I am Linda’s Charman’s brother and I am delighted to see that you found something useful for Mike to do:o ) ie building a basketball court. It appears that you live in paradise. Have a wonderful day. Bob Quigley USA/Florida

Robert Barclay
22 Jul 2003

Coming up for a visit in early August….How is the blueberry crop looking?

Lisa and Colleen Thompson
21 Jul 2003

We were residents of Willisville in the 70’s, we may have some pictures of that time. We would love to see any pictures from the 70’s. We noticed a few pictures from the 70’s were of my sister and I and a few of the kids I grew up with. It was truly amazing to see. We would also like to see more pictures of Willisville – houses and old places where we used to hang out. If you know anyone who has those please e-mail us and let us know. thank you and keep up the good work.

21 Jul 2003

Hi everyone, I’ll be trying Linda’s blueberry recipes the second I get some fresh ones. Can’t wait to visit in August and pick my own! Tell Andy not to eat too many, leave some for me. Vicki

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