Before I ever saw the Canadian Shield area, I had images planted in my mind by reproductions that were in our school texts and in magazines, and of course the large-scale prints of the Group of Seven that decorated the walls of the bank.
Sitting on the deck of a beautiful power boat with absolutely no responsibility for navigation is a most pleasant sensation. Threading between the countless islands in the waters near Parry Sound, we pass this lighthouse painted a blinding white. The captain, my brother-in-law, announces the points of interest as we progress through this movie-set-like scenery.
I was drawn to this view because of the colourful buildings in this very small village. Abattoir red on the middle building suggested a less than shy inhabitant. There must be a need for people who live in foggy coastal areas to enliven their landscape with brightly-hued structures. Think of the Alaskan villages and the coastal parts of Scandinavia and Russia. Mind you, I can recall many colourful buildings in the Caribbean as well, so there goes that theory.