From the Bon Echo collection, this boat likely The Wanderer, is arriving to Bon Echo. It is difficult to visualize where the boat is arriving from the background.
It is interesting to note the pennant flag with the initials MYC. What does this mean? This photo would be from the early 1900s.
The Wanderer was one of several boats purchased by Dr. Weston Price when he built the Bon Echo Inn between 1899 and 1901. According to John Campbell, author of ‘The Mazinaw Experience - Bon Echo and Beyond’, Dr. Price ‘purchased 25 rowboats, a number of canoes and fourteen small launches with inboard motors. The one-cylinder, Palmer Bros. gas engines were one of the first internal combustion engines to be produced for pleasure boats. Decorative as well as practical canvas tops edged with a fringe provided shade for the passengers.’
Visitors to Bon Echo Inn were encouraged to take the Canadian Pacific Railway to Kaladar Station, travel by coach to the foot of the lake, then complete their journey by boat on the Wanderer.
The American flag on the back of the Wanderer gave indication of the number of American visitors.
Part of the Bon Echo Provincial Park Album.
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