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Skates, Hockey Sticks and a Puck

I have absolutely no doubt this scene was played out on countless waterways and lakes in the area. The fact that it took place in the middle of the Admiralty Group made it all the more memorable for us. Leading up to Monday, February 16th, a rare succession of warm, rain, calm and cold turned the River into a table-top of perfect ice. When Frank J. Zamboni dreamt – he was dreaming of this ice.

My companions on this day were Cole Hood and his father, George (golf course front road), Kevin Lackie (the A-frame in the Wanderers Channel) and Whitney, the puck retrieving retriever. After testing the waters (so to speak) and skating from Hood’s place down to Gananoque and back, we ventured across to the head of Macdonald Island.  From there we cut across to Lackie’s A-frame and then around Towers (Island 14), through Sunset Channel (beside Sagastaweka and Kissimini) and then around Mudlunta Island.  It was good fun to visit some familiar “summer” places along the way.

George later reflected that we experienced the River that day like we never have before and likely never will again. A fair comment indeed. For a place we’ve experienced in so many different ways, it always seems to offer up something new. Skating down the Wanderers and taking 300 ft slapshots – that memory will never get old!

Steve Hornsby, Tremont Island 


west of Gananoque Head of Macdonald SLINP Macdonald Dock
West of Gananoque 2nd cut from the head of Macdonald Island Macdonald Island dock
A-Frame Britton Cottage Looking south
Wanderers Channel/Lackie A-frame Mudlunta Island/Britton Cottage Looking south from Mudlunta Island
North Mudlunta Island Foot of Towers Wanderers Channel
Mudlunta Island/Bedford Jones cottage Foot of Towers Island Skating down the Wanderers Channel
La Vignette Head of Macdonald Island Whitney
La Vignette Island 1st cut at the head of Macdonald Island Whitney the puck retrieving retriever

Steve Hornsby hails from Tremont Island, a summer cottage community in the Admiralty Islands near Gananoque, Ontario.  He apologized for not having his "good camera" with him that day, but never-the-less he captured the moment and for that we are extremely grateful.

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Catharine Van Sickle
Comment by: Catharine Van Sickle ( )
Left at: 8:09 AM Sunday, March 15, 2009
What can I say? AWESOME
Janet Smith-Staples
Comment by: Janet Smith-Staples ( )
Left at: 9:58 AM Tuesday, March 17, 2009
it's great to see all the photos. I am so envious of your day and agree with Cathy -- Awesome!
Skip Tolette
Comment by: Skip Tolette ( )
Left at: 8:18 PM Saturday, April 11, 2009
Great Day--Thanks for sharing.

Happy Easter!

Skip To;ette
Catharine Van Sickle
Comment by: Catharine Van Sickle ( )
Left at: 7:58 AM Thursday, April 16, 2009
There are no words to fully express the beauty that was captured on that day.It was a rare experience that will be on record because of the enthusiasm of the group- Thanks go out to them!
allan horlick
Comment by: allan horlick ( )
Left at: 12:11 AM Wednesday, September 30, 2009
What a great adventure. As a first cousin of George Hood. I am envious of the fact you had the opportunity for all of that fun on the riiver. Our family spent every July at the Hood cottage and enjoyed every minute of it. Looks like everyone had a blast!
Steve Mecredy
Comment by: Steve Mecredy ( )
Left at: 8:06 AM Sunday, October 18, 2009
It was incredible indeed. I have boated through the Wanderers by Lackie's countless times, but never skated. We live on Treasure Island at the entrance to the Marina and there were almost 100 skaters out in front of us that day. This took place on ice that is usually covered with snow or nothing but frozen chunks. It was an incredible Sunday indeed! Thanks for the memories.
Deborah Rice Ludwig
Comment by: Deborah Rice Ludwig ( )
Left at: 11:09 PM Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I grew up on the private end of McDonald island in my grandmother's and grandfather's house and stayed all summer while growing up. Thanks so much for a quick look at what I never got to see all these years! If possible I would greatly appreciate the chance to see all the photos taken....
Deborah Rice Ludwig
Kyle Petersen
Comment by: Kyle Petersen
Left at: 8:30 PM Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Id love to play some hockey up on the river myself, seems like a lot of fun