Truly, this is update Bala Falls update #29!
From a dam, designed to keep the water levels high enough for steam boats for the tourists, Bala has changed over the years. The exploitation of the water continues. This was a sacred portage for Aboriginal Peoples, but that ship sailed a long time ago. The train brought tourists and money to the town from the city of Toronto. Those with money were happy to spend it on luxurious resorts for the summer. Native Peoples still lived in poverty, some became richer exploiting tourism, logging and the land and water. Read Bartleman, James; As Long as the Rivers Flow, or Raisin Wine to read more about this era.
|Bala Falls 1910|
|Bala Station 1916|
|Old Burgess Store 1938|
|Main street in Bala 1940|
|Below the falls 1930|
"SAVE THE BALA FALLS", not sure from what!
The Bala Falls Hydro Project began in 2004, and they are still protesting it. Ridiculous.Save the Bala Falls lawsuit against Town of Muskoka Lakes robs Bala of 2 parks, costs the town money #Bala— SwiftRiverEnergyLtd (@BalaFallsHydro) November 16, 2015
Motorcycles pollute the air, with two-stroke engines, in their support for 'save the Bala Falls"Building permit has been posted on site pic.twitter.com/hODTM8NjKK— SwiftRiverEnergyLtd (@BalaFallsHydro) July 13, 2016
Canadian motorcycle group heads to Bala to support saving the falls https://t.co/hVRaW8GLLb pic.twitter.com/42zbQr0ver— Moose FM 99.5 (@moose995) June 24, 2016
@BalaFallsHydro Is it the ridiculous STBF lawsuit against TML you mention? If so, why would council/legal give it any serious consideration?— AT (@JacksonBTT) November 19, 2015
Almonte Enerdu DamThen there is the Almonte Dam.
Almonte is in the middle of a mess, but their dam has not-so-silent supporters.
As well as protestors.Supporters of Almonte hydroelectric dam expansion. Why they're demonstrating: https://t.co/wi7ooN6FGn https://t.co/pv1oTqJBs4— Matthew Kupfer CBC (@matthewkupfer) July 12, 2016
Some protest on the basis of critters, who couldn't use this habitat until after the dams existed.Protest of Enerdu hydro dam continues in #Almonte. Background: https://t.co/GU561a6nhS #ottnews pic.twitter.com/bQsUomql7t— Chloé Fedio (@cfedio) July 5, 2016
The rapids clubtail dragonflies flit about in the Mississippi River, likely oblivious that they are the final salvo in a small Ontario town’s battle over a proposed hydro dam expansion.
Many insist on their right to play in the water, despite the dangers.
Almonte Falls from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.