A Haliburton welcome in Florida
To the Editor,
It is perhaps not all that surprising that a Kennisis Lake retiree sends a letter, given the aging post-war generation that participated in “cottaging up” our county. However, what is surprising was a chance meeting that took place between two retirees in Florida, one being a man who helped to open up access to Kennisis.
I holiday in Florida during the winter, after spending the month of September at Kennisis. One day, as I was taking my usual evening walk around the trailer park within which my Florida dwelling is located, I noticed a vehicle with Curry Motors advertising on it. I struck up a conversation with the couple at that lot location, mentioned that my family had a cottage not far away from Haliburton, on Kennisis, and soon enough, the man who owned the vehicle said that he was Don Curry. As we carried on in conversation, Don mentioned that he was on the team that first opened up a permanent road into Kennisis, this occurring back in the early-mid 1940s.
What a great chance meeting, and what a small world! At the same time, I can’t help but wonder how many times the Currys and I may have crossed paths in Haliburton without realizing it, over the years since my family first bought our cottage lot in 1967. In this March photo, you see the Currys and myself, set against their lot, with its “canusa” flag, palm trees, and so forth.
It was wonderful to meet the Currys, and in so doing, find out a little more about the history of Kennisis. I trust that I shall see them again, next year in Florida, or maybe by crossing paths closer to home in Haliburton.
Toronto and Kennisis Lake