​​​​Kiss The Ground You Walk On, Canada​

The A,B,Cs of how to be a better Canadian

An unidentified member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), at right, stands by during a visit to Wikwemikong, Manitoulin Island, by the late Lester B. Pearson, who was then Prime Minister of Canada. Security details in those days, some 50 years ago, were a lot different from the security details of today. For car lovers want to know, that is a 1957 Chevrolet parked directly behind the Mountie.

The "Norisle", at left, floats at her mooring in Manitowaning, Manitoulin Island. There is a move afoot to raise money and refurbish this ship which once served as a ferry between Tobermory and South Baymouth. The small community of Manitowaning is rich in history, reflected in a small museum there. There are also splendid, scenic views to be had at Manitowaning and further north along Highway 6 which leads to Little Current. Here, we compel your attention to travels around Georgian Bay. For more, helpful details, buy the book "George's Georgian Bay" on-line at www.blurb.com.

Now part of Wikwemikong's history, these black-and-white photographs were taken by author-photographer, George Czerny, in the mid-1960s. In the photograph above, the man at left, is the late Lester B. Pearson, then Prime Minister of Canada. The man with the prime minister is not identified. It was a big day in Wikwemikong that day, some 50 years ago, and a lot of people in the village turned out to welcome the prime minister, including the unidentified man in the photograph at upper-right and the groups at right and below. The Manitoulin Expositer is assisting us in efforts to identify people in these photographs. Wikwemikong is about 13 kilometres away from Manitowaning on Manitoulin Island.

Photographs by George Czerny, author

of travel guide "George's Georgian Bay". George's books are available for purchase on-line at the bookstore at www.blurb.com.