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Marten River, Ontario: Canadian History in Vintage Postcards

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Len Cote, Conservation Officer, with his Husky, Smokey

Highlighting in vintage postcards the history of towns and townships in the greater Lake Nipissing and Lake Temagami areas of Northern Ontario, Canada and including the Nipissing District and portions of the Parry Sound district which are in the “Blue Sky Region.” These Canadian postcards are shown in digital museum format for educational purposes. If you have images or historical information which you’d like to share with our virtual museum, feel free to do so. To navigate these pages, mouse over the top navigation bar. Drop-down menus will appear of the areas of interest. Click on the thumbnails for larger images. Close the larger image before opening another thumbnail. The occasional duplicates for sale can be found using the search box on the main (home) page of VintagePostcards.org. This is an ongoing project; comments and questions to the webmaster at webmaster - at sign - vintagepostcards.org are welcome.

Old antique postcards tell the stories of North Bay, Temagami, Bear Island, Bonfield, Callander and Corbeil, Commanda, the Ferguson Highway (Highway 11), Lavigne and Verner, Alderdale, Marten River, Monetville and Noëlville, Nipissing Village, Powassan, and Trout Creek, Sturgeon Falls, Sundridge, Tomiko Ontario, Trout Lake, Restoule, South River, Tilden Lake, Dokis, Rutherglen, Trout Mills and other areas of interest. You might also enjoy the story of famous artist Frederic Remington’s moose hunt, more than 100 years ago near Mattawa. Or, see an Orangemen Parade, or a rare collection of New Ontario Brewery artifacts.

 

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Logging of the upland mixed forest began in the Marten River area by noted timber baron J. R. Booth as early as 1905, with logging continuing in some Marten River areas until the 1970s. Beaverland Camp, also built in the early 1900s, became a fishing lodge in 1926; it lies within the Nipissing Crown Game Preserve which was established in 1926. A Crown game preserve is an officially designated area in Ontario, whose purpose is “sustaining populations of game animals.” In effect, a crown preserve is a wildlife refuge. Hunting is prohibited and, subsequently, much wildlife can be seen. Fishing is strictly regulated (The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources manages Crown game preserves. There are, at present, 15 Crown game preserves in Ontario.). At Beaverland, a chain of lakes can be accessed from the cabins. The lakes wind through miles of unspoiled virgin territory in the Nipissing Game Preserve, and the angler can catch many varieties of fish including Great Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Perch, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye and Whitefish.

Kenny Forest Provincial Park, located within the Nipissing Crown lands, contains unusual features for this area. Yellow birch trees that grow here are just at the northern limits of the area in which this species is ordinarily found. There are also lowland wetlands and coniferous/deciduous swamp forests. Located at 52 Beaverland Road, Marten River, ON P0H 1T0, Beaverland Camp is now owned by Albert and Dorothy Cloet.

 
Marten River, Early Camp Grounds at Beaverland, c. 1924 Marten River, Beaverland Camp in the 1930s Marten River, Beaverland Camp Aerial Marten River, Ontario, Beaverland Camp Lodge Interior, c. 1941 Marten River, Gas Pump and Snack Bar at Beaverland Camp
Marten River, Beaverland Camp Log Cabins, c. 1940s Marten River, Beaverland Camp Cabins 1 Marten River, Beaverland Camp Cabins 2 Marten River, Guest Cottage at Beaverland Camp Marten River, Beaverland Camp Riverview Cabins, 1957
 
Marten River, Beaverland Camp Cabins 3 Marten River, Guest Cottages at Beaverland Camp Marten River, Beaverland Camp Cabins 4 Marten River, Stream Near Beaverland Camp, 1935
Marten River, A Mail Run via Dog Sledding at Beaverland Camp Marten River, Ontario, Home from a Bear Hunt at Beaverland Camp, c. 1930s Marten River, Main Dock at Beaverland Camp Marten River, Wickstead Dam at Beaverland Camp Marten River, Misty Morning at Beaverland Camp
Marten River, Beaverland Camp Aerial 1, c. 1960s-1970s Marten River, Beaverland Camp Aerial 2, c. 1960s-1970s

Leonard and Kitty Furuya owned Beaverland when noted aerial photographer H. R. Oakman took the above picture shown in Aerial View 2.

Bill Pozniak’s Camp — Mr. Pozniak arrived in Marten Lake in the early 1900s to fish, hunt and trap. Pozniak’s is one of the oldest hunting and fishing resorts in Northern Ontario. Although he was illiterate, Mr. Pozniak had excellent construction skills; his hand-hewn cedar and spruce lodge and cabins still stand. Accommodations were rustic, suiting the original clientele of fishermen and hunters. As men began to bring their wives and families to Pozniak’s, as much of the original atmosphere as possible was retained, while adding modern conveniences such as electricity, running water and inside bathrooms. Located at 74 Pozniak’s Rd., the camp remains in the family, owned by Bob, Cecile and Brent Pozniak.

Marten River, Ontario, Entrance to Bill Pozniak's Camp Marten River, Main Lodge at Bill Pozniak's Camp 1 Marten River, Bill Pozniak's Camp Marten River, Main Lodge at Bill Pozniak's Camp 2 Marten River, Cabins at Bill Pozniak's Tourist Camp
Marten River, Ontario, Pozniak Tourist Camp Cabins, 1945 Marten River, Ontario, Deer Hunting at Bill Pozniak's Camp, 1949  

Ferguson Highway — A series of nicely detailed 1920s postcards of camping along the Ferguson Highway at Marten River is shown below, as is a c. 1940s real-photo postcard of Shea’s White Rose gas station, which also offered Coca-Cola and hot dogs for refreshment.

Ferguson Highway, Marten River Camp 1 Ferguson Highway, Marten River Camp 2 Ferguson Highway, Marten River Camp 3 Ferguson Highway, Marten River Camp 4 Ferguson Highway, Marten River Camp 5
Shea's White Rose Gas Station on the Ferguson Highway, c. 1940s, Just North of Marten River  
Marten River, Land O' Lakes Lodge Map

This scarce 1946 map postcard nicely details the location of the Land O’ Lakes Lodge, which was then owned by P. R. Valencourt. The sender, named only as Sadie, wrote: “We are spending a week here at the Lodge and it is Paradise, no cooking or washing dishes for me…it sure is a nice vacation.” Many Northern Ontario tourists hailed from Michigan and Ohio; this post card was sent to Miss Violet Schubert of Detroit, MI. Currently owned by Bill and Karen Ritzel, Land O’ Lakes offers 10 housekeeping cottages, tent and trailer facilities for camping, a restaurant, general store and laundromat. Organized ecotours, canoeing, bicycling and moose hunting are also available in season. Pickerel, pike bass and lake trout are some of the fishing catches. A portional view of the map postcard is shown at right. Most of the Land O’Lakes postcards seen below are real-photo postcards (RPPC) from the 1940s and 1950s.

Marten River, Land O' Lakes Lodge Map, Portional
 
Marten River, Land O'Lakes Lodge Entrance Marten River, Land O'Lakes Lodge Front Marten River, Land O'Lakes Lodge, 1953 Marten River, Chimney Smoke on a Cool Day at Land O'Lakes Lodge, 1947 Marten River, Cozy Fireplace at Land O'Lakes Lodge
Marten River, Lounge at Land O'Lakes Lodge 1 Marten River, Lounge at Land O'Lakes Lodge 2 Marten River, Dining Room at Land O'Lakes Lodge 1 Marten River, Dining Room at Land O'Lakes Lodge 2 Marten River, Land O'Lakes Lodge Bedroom with Hudson's Bay Company Point Blankets
Marten River, Land O'Lakes Log Cabins 1 Marten River, Land O'Lakes Log Cabins 2 Marten River, Land O'Lakes Cottages, c. 1940s Marten River, Beach at Land O'Lakes Lodge, c. 1945-1949

Marten River Provincial Park — This 990-acre riverside provincial park (seen below) features a replica of a 19th-century logging camp including logging artifacts, a blacksmith’s shop, bunkhouse, camp office, cookery, hay barn, scaler’s shack and stable. Every year since 1990, the park has celebrated the area’s logging heritage with the annual Lumberjack Days festival. Held in July to help raise the profile of this national historic site, events include demonstrations by blacksmiths and chainsaw carvers, lumberjack contests, horse-dawn carriage rides and a bean lunch. Fiddlers play traditional music and step-dancers perform as well. Along the trails, one can see remnants of massive old-growth pines which were felled, as well as a 300-year-old white pine which was spared for some unknown reason.

Marten River, Labeled as Land O'Lakes Lodge But with Sign for Department of Lands and Forests, Fish and Wildlife Division Marten River, Public Park Adjoining Land O'Lakes Lodge 1 Marten River, Public Park Adjoining Land O'Lakes Lodge 2
Marten River, Provincial Camp Grounds 1 Marten River, Provincial Camp Grounds 2 Marten River, Provincial Camp Grounds 3

Miscellaneous

Marten River, Log Cabins “Bay Wolf” at the Husky Trading Post in Marten River, Ontario Len Cote, Conservation Officer, with his Husky, Smokey Togo, Huskie Owned by Len Cote, Conservation Officer at Marten River Marten River, Timberlane Lodge and Esso Gas Station
Marten River, Sunoco Gas Station

The Sportsmen’s Motel and Restaurant, seen in a chrome postcard postmarked in 1974, also had a Sunoco gas station which was open 24 hours a day. The business was owned by Ken and Naydeene Delves.

Marten River, Rock Pine Roadside Motel on the Ferguson Highway

Built in the early 1960s and located at 2372 Hwy. 11 N, the Rock Pine Motel and Restaurant, which also had a Texaco gas station and offered moose licenses when the c. 1970s to 1980s over-sized chrome postcard to the right was created, is located 30 minutes north of North Bay and 30 minutes south of Temagami. The Rock Pine is on snowmobile trail “A” from North Bay to Temagami and trail “A104D” to West Nipissing. Three groomed Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) trails intersect here. The Rock Pine has snowmobile parking, and also sells sundries.

Marten River, Rock Pine Roadside Motel on the Ferguson Highway
 
Marten River, Trapper Trading Post 1

Todd Siegner runs the Trapper Trading Post / Marten River LCBO, located at 2890 Hwy. 11 North. The convenience store offers what one might expect: gas, groceries, beer and liquor, fishing tackle and bait, souvenirs and other sundries.

Marten River, Trapper Trading Post 2
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