The 1881 construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway deliberately took out the North West Company's dam on the La Vase River virtually blocking the historic Portage Route which was almost 4,700 years old.

In my following transcription of the 1881 Globe article I put his writing in italics and some of his remarks I consider germane to this story in red and I added comments and explanations in maroon like this introduction
"Aug - 1881"
Here are links to the 2 part Globe newspaper article.
  1. Part I This is an interesting look at the journey from Toronto to Nipissing Village on the South River in 1881.
  2. Part II While the first part of this is a transcripted copy I used for the above, the rest of it does have an interesting look at Lake Nipissing.
Roy Summers
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