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FENCE POSTS: Champlain Slept Here

author: Dan Needles   illustrator: Shelagh Armstrong

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There is a legend among historians that Samuel De Champlain, the great mapmaker, explorer and arguably the first “Canadian,” spent the winter of 1615 on my farm in Huronia, the land of the tobacco-growing Petun nation. I say a legend because it appears the great mapmaker was pretty much lost the whole time...


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


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Our 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: Victoria Taylor, Lanscape Architect, MES, MLS, OLA

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Windbreak, buffer, treeline, green fence, field margin, shelterbelt, fence line, hedgerows…some of the terms used to describe the living corridors that bend and flow along country roads and fields, creating the patchwork of our rural landscapes.


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WATERSHED PRESENTS: The 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Oriana Singers

author: Cecilia Nasmith

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It started 50 years ago, when a handful of friends, who were to call themselves the Oriana Singers, gathered around the kitchen table at Helen Massie’s farmhouse. The small, dedicated group shared a love of madrigals – a form of vocal chamber music – and a love of community..


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GEORGE'S POND: Springing Into Action

author: George Smith   illustrator: Lee Rapp

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Aaaah spring – the most deliciously anticipated season of the year. Most people I know start to lose patience with snow and frigid temperatures around mid-February. The onset of my discontent with winter usually occurs around Christmas, but that’s so embarrassingly unCanadian I normally only divulge that information to my nearest and dearest.


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CULTURAL CURRENTS: Manasie Akpaliapik

author: Shelby Lisk


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A whale jaw becomes the figure of Sedna, the shoulder bone of a walrus imagined into a man playing a drum, while muskox horns and caribou antlers lie on a dusty shelf, waiting to see what they’ll be shaped into. Manasie Akpaliapik returns to Arctic Bay, Nunavut every year to bring back these pieces of home that he will carve into his stories...


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INNOVATION: Sound the Alarm

author: Meghan Sheffield   photography: Sasha Sefter

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Imagine the typical tech innovator, the face of a new start up. If the image that comes to mind is cowboy meets computer nerd – the basement-dwelling, Zuckerberg-type – picture Amy Arthur instead. Yes, she’s young and confident, but she’s also deeply connected to the needs of the world around her. Though the 24 year-old looks every bit as fresh-faced...


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HABITAT: The Carolinian in our Backyard, and Beyond

author: Norm Wagenaar  

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Although our school books clearly delineate one forest region from another, the lines on the ground are blurred. That’s more or less what I thought as a callow student learning the forest regions of Ontario. Way up north were the freezing and boggy Hudson’s Bay lowlands, a little further south was the boreal forest – a cold, dark, and endless stand of conifer, then the Great Lakes forest of cottage country pine and maple, and finally, where I lived...


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FIELD NOTES: A Spring Procession of Bobolinks

author: Terry Sprague   photography: Helmer Nielsen

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Every May 1st, my binoculars are aimed in the direction of the bromegrass fields beside our house. It’s time for the bobolinks to announce their arrival from their southern Brazil wintering grounds.


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LOVIN' THE LOCAL: A Showcase Of Locally Curated Products

author: Stephanie Campbell

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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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FOOD & DRINK SCENE Foraging Ahead With Albert Ponzo

 photography: Johnny C.Y. Lam

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Welcome to the local Food & Drink Scene where Watershed shares its secrets and discoveries. Our region is blessed with creative chefs, restaurateurs, vintners and purveyors. Watershed’s Food & Drink Scene trumpets their accomplishments and celebrates their innovation.


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A CURATED COLLECTION: Gatineau River, Gracefield 1955



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The Art Gallery Of Northumberland Presents: A. Y. Jackson


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MEANDERINGS: Belleville Harbour Circa 1900

author: Orland French  photograph:  Courtesy of Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings

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In the cold, snowy winters of the 1800s, gangs of lumbermen, deep in the forests of central and northern Hastings, piled up logs along the banks of the Skootamata, Moira and Trent rivers, ready to tip them into the roiling waters of the spring run-off and send them on their way to the sawmills of the south.


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First Words

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John De La Cour was on the masthead of the first issue of Watershed but we were friends long before I started publishing the magazine. In the early ’90s, John acted as my campaign manager when I ran for council... read more


I read with great interest the article in a recent issue of Watershed that told the story of the Black Fly, an innovative and exciting electric airplane that was developed in Northumberland County…



summer camp section

Watershed is compiling a list of
Summer Camps to occupy your art-obsessed,
STEM-enthusiast, burgeoning thespian or
jack-or-jill-of-all-trades this summer.



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shelby lisk

shelby liskA freelance photographer, videographer and writer from Kenhté: ke…

sasha sefter

sasha sefter

An award-winning photographer based in Southern Ontario, Sasha is a recent graduate of the photojournalism…

christopher cameron

christopher cameronWith a new career as a freelance writer and editor, Christopher channels the dedication and discipline…