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in the region.




HMCS Skeena
the Spirit of a Ship


Chris Barker has spent the last twenty-five years ensuring that the sacrifices of the fifteen seamen who lost their lives when HMCS Skeena was wrecked…read more

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author: David Newland   

The McLuhan


Over 6,000 books from Marshall McLuhan’s library sat in boxes waiting to be catalogued. The task went to his grandson, Andrew McLuhan, who discovered…read more

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author: Conrad Beaubien  
illustrator: Carl Wiens


Kiss Me Under a Shining Sun – the Lovely Kait Shannon


Jeanette Arsenault looks beyond a parent’s grief to keep the memory of her beloved daughter, Kait Shannon, alive. Kait’s Comfort Kits – packets of small luxuries…read more

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author: Janet Davies  
photography: Jeanette Arsenault

The Hay-Man of
Hastings County


John Macoun, an Irish immigrant, arrived in Canada as a young man. Over his lifetime, he dug up grasses, scraped mosses from rocks and pressed plants…read more

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author: Orland French  


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FENCE POSTS: Keeping the Mind Free of Reptiles

author: Dan Needles   illustrator: Shelagh Armstrong

I’ve always felt like a bit of a rebel, living as I have for nearly 40 years as a back-to-the-lander and filling the freezer every fall with food I produce myself. But to the bearded hobbits in my son’s…

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MUST, MUST, MUST: What’s New and What’s To Do

Our Must, Must, Must section highlights a broad range of events, festivals, activities and galleries that contribute to the diverse character of the Watershed region…

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author Chris Cameron   photography: bekky O’Neil and Keith Del Principe

The rolling Northumberland countryside can be a place of delightful contrasts, where unlikely dreams take root and grow. Keith Del Principe and bekky O’Neil…

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GEORGE'S POND: All That Glitter

author: George Smith   illustrator: Lee Rapp

If you’re a regular reader of my contributions to these pages, you know very well that deep thinking is not my forte. You’ll have to look elsewhere for an in-depth analysis of the Mueller Report…

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author: Shelby Lisk  

A derelict truck in a field, large skies at the edge of day, or billowing clouds over prairies, mountains and lakes. Through his graphic, colourful, large scale oil paintings of the landscape…

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Watershed Teaser: True or False

author: Tom Cruickshank   illustrator: Marc Mireault

Test your knowledge of local geography and other trivia related to our favourite corner of the countryside.…

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A CURATED COLLECTION: Signals in Silences - Yves Gaucher

The Art Gallery Of Northumberland Presents: Yves Gaucher…

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INNOVATION: The Market & Smør

author: Meghan Sheffield   photography: Mat + Sara

On the face of it, a brick and mortar greengrocer opening up on the main street of a small town shouldn’t necessarily bring the word…

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HABITAT: Conservation Authorities Under Provincial Fire

author: Norm Wagenaar  

For more than 70 years Ontario's conservation authorities have taken a watershed-wide approach to flood control, conservation and land management, a model which bypasses political boundaries…

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FIELD NOTES: Following the Flight and the Plight of the Tree Swallow

author: Terry Sprague   photography: Nicole Watson

It happened 50 years ago on the shores of the bay of Quinte but if I close my eyes, I can still remember the scene. Daybreak was faintly illuminating the distant horizon…

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FOOD & DRINK SCENE: The Comeback Kid: Where There’s Life There’s Hope

author: Signe Langford   photography: Johnny C.Y. Lam

Welcome to the local Food & Drink Scene where Watershed shares its secrets and discoveries. Our region is blessed with creative chefs, restaurateurs…

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WATERSHED PRESENTS: Spirit of the Hills

author: Chris Cameron 

The life of the creative artist can be a solitary one. There are the hours spent alone in front of a blank canvas or computer screen, and those little insecurities that can accompany any artistic…

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LOVIN' THE LOCAL: A Showcase Of Locally Curated Products

author: Stephanie Campbell

We’re Lovin’ the Local: A showcase of locally made and locally inspired products that reflect the heart and soul of entrepreneurs rooted in Watershed Country

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MEANDERINGS: Murder Most Foul

photograph: Courtesy of The Toronto Star Archives

Harold Vermilyea was a victim of the great depression. He lost his job as a manager of a California fruit packing operation and needed money. Sadly, his request for financial help from the family estate…


First Words


The fall brings back memories of duck hunting with my brothers when i was a kid. I was a tag-along but as long as I didn’t complain and I could distinguish between a blue-winged teal whistling into our blind and the silhouette… read more


I’m writing on behalf of the entire Wellington Water Week team to thank Watershed magazine for the gorgeous piece in the current Summer issue, created by Micol Marotti and Tim Zeltner. We were literally…



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shelagh armstrong

sheilagh armstrongA graduate of the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art and Design…

david newland

david newland

A writer, speaker, and musician based in Cobourg, David travels widely…

janet davies

janet daviesAfter a move from England to Toronto in 1993, Jan stayed there only until she discovered…