I’ve been there several times. It was always to go to the Great Rendezvous at Old Fort William. It’s a wonderful place, and the people that run it there are wonderful too. There is Suzie Stupendek, who is the major Domo there. Gilles Belot, who voluteers with the others in the canoe shed and so many others I couldn’t think of naming them all here.
There is a Smithy, a tin shop, wood shop, barns, a big period correct kitchen, gun makers shop, canoe shop, and the works. I got a personal tour by Jim of the merc unit stationed there known as the Des Murons. I was able to see the powder magazine building, and some of the real artifacts that are hidden away from the general public.
I always went up early so I could climb Mt. McKay, and go to the amythest mines. I found out that if I want to be fancy, I can start a fire with the amythest and my striker steel instead of using mere flint.
The Rendezvous there is in the first week of July every year. We always stayed up late and burnt an old worn out canoe by the warf.
The first time I went there I got caught off guard by how late it stays light, and how early the sun rises again. I stayed up with the canoe shed bunch for what were a couple of hours past dark, which is normal for me, and I will still have a decent sleep. It was nice out so a bunch of us slept under the stars down by the warf. How was I to know that it was already past 1:30 am? And how was I to know that it would start getting light again at about 3? That next day I was a complete zombie. What makes this amazing is that I’m only about four hours south of there. The day length thing must get exponential as you get farther north.
It nearly flooded on us one other time we went there.
over 6 years ago