A beaver dam on Maunsell Creek in the Petawawa Research Forest has burst and washed out Bypass Road. The partially drained beaver pond reveals evidence of the previous presence of some sort of building or structure. This page presents a gallery of photos of the revealed evidence.
2009 May 08
Spring (and fall) is the ideal time for walking in the bush. It is a time to be cherished and not wasted; paddling can wait until the water warms up and the bugs make walking intolerable. Two of our standard, early-season walks take us along Bypass Road in the Petawawa Research Forest. This year, we discovered that the beaver dam on Maunsell Creek, just upstream of Bypass Road, had burst and had washed out the road.
In order to avoid embarrassment by misidentifying these pieces of junk — or rather, "historic artifacts" — we present most of the following pictures without commentary.
So, what was here? We have no idea. It appears that there was some sort of building or structure located on the shore of Maunsell Creek. The site was dismantled or abandoned — perhpas bulldozed into a heap — and was subsequently flooded when the beavers made their pond. While the past has recently reappeared, it will probably soon be reclaimed by the beavers.