Ready to try your hand at crosscut sawing or visit an authentic 20th-century blacksmith?
July 15-16, 2017 is the 27th anniversary of Marten River Provincial Park‘s Lumberjack Days!
A variety of contests for both adults and children will be held (with lots of prizes to be won!), including crosscut sawing, nail driving, log throwing, and bow sawing.
Mattawa blacksmith Bob Bartlett will fire up the forge to demonstrate the way horseshoes and other pieces of logging equipment were made back in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Chainsaw carvers will also display their talents, creating small chairs, tables, and even wooden chainsaws from blocks of wood. The Sir Sandford Loggersports Team will also be doing a demo.
Saturday entertainment features a performance from the Wakami Wailers.
Don’t forget to explore the rest of the Winter Camp. Discover the camp’s recreated office, bunkhouse, cookery, scaler’s shack, horse stable, hay barn and blacksmith’s shop. An outdoor trail exhibits a number of larger pieces of equipment.
Next to the Winter Camp is the logging museum and theatre, filled with artifacts that have been donated through the years by people whose fathers, grandfathers, or great-grandfathers had been lumberjacks.
Marten River’s Lumberjack Days end with a Logger’s Pancake Breakfast on Sunday morning (July 16).