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Travelling a forgotten path

Donald Teuma-Castelletti, THE EQUITY Pictured, marks in the boulders can still be seen from when the railway was blasted out for use in the early 1800s.

Donald
Teuma-Castelletti
BRISTOL Oct. 13, 2018
Those who like their education on the go had the chance to take a step backwards through time on Saturday, when the Friends of Chats Falls (FCF) organized a fall hike through the brush and trails behind Pontiac Station.
Exposing hikers to the hidden history of the trail, FCF members guided the group along the path that mid-1800’s citizens would have employed while traversing to Union Village, before returning via a route alongside the Chats Falls Canal, all the while learning about the natural flora and fauna found around them.
Led by FCF’s Maude Lambert, Michael McBane and Bob Baser, 25 hikers started in Bristol’s Pontiac Station, where they received a quick introduction before starting off on the old path of the Canadian National Railway (CN) line. After several hundred metres, and a quick education on slag, the group was led off the trail and into the bush.

Donald Teuma-Castelletti, THE EQUITY One section of the route proved trickier to traverse, but was made more manageable by some local carpenters. Pictured, hikers cross water with the help of a beaver dam.

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