End of canoe season on La Vase Portages
November 30, 2008 may have been the last open water on La Vase Portages for the season. Pictured just below the beaver dam Cooper's Lake has completely frozen over.
Birch's Road Put In
Mild temperatures and running water had managed to keep the channel open below Birch's Road.
Just below the junction of the North La Vase - the historical Voyageur route, and the main La Vase River, the water volume picked up. On their cross Canada canoe trip in April, 1978 two paddlers portaged from Lake Talon to Corbeil to follow the La Vase River as the only open water at the time.
A frozen river and frozen water on Summer's Pond meant a short portage down the railway tracks to find running water again. At least canoes slide well on snow.
Grand Trunk Railway Rapids
The foundation remains of an old bridge buttment from the Grand Trunk Railway still stands just besides the rapids. The Railway Rapids are often almost dry in the summer months but are an easy run in higher water levels.