Posted by Jim - March 7th, 2009

Snow on the WeirSaturday- March 7, 2009.

+3˚C/+37˚F @ 9:33 a.m. in Arnprior.

The scene to the left was taken after one of the first snows of the season in late autumn/early winter of 2008.

The ‘Weir’ is a rounded dam on the Madawaska River near where it flows into the Ottawa River at a wide section also referred to as “Chats Lake”.

‘Les chats’ means ‘the cats’ in French. Chats Lake may have been named for wild cats seen in the area by early ‘voyageurs’ or explorers. Or it may have referred to sharp rocks just beneath the surface of the ‘lake’ that some compared to cats’ claws.

Or it may have been named ‘Chats Lake’ for some entirely different reason that no one remembers correctly.

At any rate, This is an early winter photo shot from a park like area beside the Madawaska River, looking South over the weir. There is an island to the left, out of the shot, from where the fire department launches its Canada Day (July 1st) fireworks.

Maybe soon, I should post a bit of a map here.


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