By the time that we arrived in Temagami, we were ready to stretch our legs again. The train station parking lot offered as good a location as any for getting out of the car for a bit of a walk. I would have liked to have been able to take a look inside of the station but it was closed when we arrived there.
This blog entry will be focusing on a bit of the architecture and history of Almonte. (Location) Although a few photos of the Mississippi River and the Great Falls are included in this post, please refer to previous blog entries if you are interested in seeing the river and Great Falls in more detail and completeness. Great Falls – Lower Section – Upper Section
The Mississippi River has played an important role in the history of Almonte, providing as it did the gravitational power of the river’s 60+ foot plunge over layered bedrock which was harnessed to operate a number of woollen and grist mills in the area. The river’s water later turned power turbines for electrical power generation. Although the grist mills and woollen mills are no longer in operation, electrical power generation at the location of the Great Falls has been upgraded and expanded recently to better service modern electricity demands.
In addition to having their facilities open for public viewing during the “Doors Open 2006” event, the Steamwhistle Brewing Company also had their small train operating and giving interested visitors a short, though fun, ride along the rails.
Very few people visit Toronto, Ontario without at least taking a peek at the CN Tower. I’ve been there often but this was my first time to be there with a digital SLR. The “Doors Open” Toronto 2006 was underway and we were in town to join up with some OPC photographers to visit and photograph the insides of a few of Toronto’s more interesting buildings.
We weren’t the only camera-toting ones at that location.
And the CN Tower wasn’t the only thing being photographed :-).