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Grate Road North

Grate Road North

They have been resurfacing the highway (17) up here. Not all of the trans-Canada is a multi-lane wonder, in spite of what some Southern Ontarians may believe, but then, many of them think that Muskoka is “up north”.

Lines of Construction

Lines of Construction

The transformation of Elliot Lake shopping area continues; we are now looking to possibly next spring/summer. We take out rock to add rock. The image is not reversed. With all the shifting elevation and gradients who knows what direction is backwards. The ironic symbolism of town barrier is not lost on the town locals.


4 responses

  1. “Some of them think Muskoka is Up North”…that cracked me up.

    October 10, 2013 at 11:54 am

    • elmediat

      There have been times when Southern Ontario’s awareness & understanding of Northern Ontario is on par with American’s awareness & understanding of Canada. I guess it is a “north thing” ; people have this dividing line and a concept of North that is idealized/iconic/archetype/stereotype. 😀

      When I first moved up to Elliot Lake, my mother thought I was way up North. Mom was originally from St. Boniface & Dad from Winnipeg. I pointed out that their birthplaces were much further north than where I was residing . One province’s north is another province’s south. 😀

      October 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      • My husband and I have this conversation frequently. He is from Winnipeg and my father is from St. Boniface. Right now I am doing some online work involving Churchill & places like Inuvik, and Iqaluit. One of the things I have to do is a “Thanksgiving” spot for their pages. They already have snow. There is no harvest or corn, or any of the things we associate with Thanksgiving. It is a bit of a challenge.

        October 10, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      • elmediat

        The iconography of Thanksgiving is so connected to a very specific regional cultural view of harvest that it becomes an idealized image/symbol in order to make sense/have meaning, like Christmas trees in Florida – note in the movie White Christmas the protagonists are traveling north from Florida ( Vermont is a snow white fantasy land). Perhaps, to more accurately convey Thanksgiving, the symbols should be a mix of the universal ( family/home ) and the regional ( harvest ),……. or just have some poor turkey pose in a parka. 😀

        October 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm

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