Exploring the Pembroke Lumber Company Site On Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
An account with photographs of a hike into the old mill site of the Pembroke Lumber Company on Lake Travers in Algonquin Park.
2010 October 06
We recently took advantage of the beautiful fall weather to explore the old Pembroke Lumber Company mill site on Lake Travers (better known locally and traditionally as Lake Traverse) in Algonquin Park.
The Pembroke Lumber Company operated a mill site on Lake Travers from the 1930s until 1977. The site has subsequently been cleared of buildings and other traces of the mill, with some areas replanted and other areas being allowed to grow in naturally. Little remains. The site is located on the point, just east of where Travers Creek enters the lake. The access road starts on the Lake Travers Road adjacent to where it crosses Travers Creek.
In 2011 September we spent two days exploring Lake Travers and we returned to the Pembroke Lumber Company site: see Exploring Lake Travers. We didn't really learn anything new, but were impressed by how much the site seems to have grown in during the past year and how the water level was noticeably lower in 2011. Of course when the mill was operating, the dam at Big Thompson would still have been intact and (we assume) controlling the water levels on Lake Travers.
See the photo on the bottom of page 72 of Lake Traverse Station, A Railroad Wife's Algonquin Park Memoir.
Michael W.P. Runtz (1993), The Explorer's Guide to Algonquin Park, Stoddard Publishing Co. Ltd.
Gwendolyn M. Woermke (2009), Lake Traverse Station, A Railroad Wife's Algonquin Park Memoir, Mark Woermke (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)