Marathon on 10 Canadian Dollars a Day

Well, here is the town of Marathon, ON.  As you can see there is not much here.  The population is listed as 4700, but it's hard to tell where all those people might be.  There are a couple of grocery stores on the other side of the hill, one fast-food restaurant, and a few gas stations.  Beyond that there is not much here.  I have had my best times here hiking in the vicinity, which is very pretty.

This is a picture I took at Pukaskwa Provincial Park, about 30 minuteís drive from Marathon. The wind was blowing something awful and I could barely see straight. I had no idea if the picture would come out, as I am just holding the camera at armís length here and guessing about the composition. But the pic looks nice and the park was a blast. I was the only one crazy enough to come out to this stark place near the mouth of the Pic River. Behind me is "Pulpwood Harbor," named because it was used to store pulpwood at one time for the nearby pulp mill in Marathon. The mill used to receive all of its pulpwood by water, being towed around in huge rafts. Some of the pulpwood which cut loose from the rafts can be seen on the beach in a picture below.

Here are some of the huge logs that were used to make up the pulp rafts.  I found this stack of logs on the mill property in Marathon.  Known as "booming logs," they were chained together to form huge circles in the water.  The pulpwood logs were put inside of this circle, and then the whole setup could be towed to the mill.  The last river drive for the Marathon mill was in 1984.  Today the mill receives all of it's wood in chip form, ready to go into the digesters.

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