Ferndale (near Port Carling), Ontario
This vacation spot no longer exists. I’m not sure why. I tried finding the exact location a couple of years ago, but I believe the spot is now private property.
CKC, as our Mom noted on photographs, was a Christian meeting place in the heart of Muskoka. We went there every summer, for a week or so. between 1958 and 1964.
Here’s a postcard (courtesy of eBay.com) from that period:
I have plenty of memories of the place, including the wonderful dining, the many sports (especially shuffleboard), and taking care of my younger sister, Anne, while our parents attended meetings.
I have a version of this scene from 1964, featuring my sister, front and centre.
I also remember that it was a time of experimenting with trying to make pictures blur by opening and shutting my mouth quickly when one was taken.
But my most enduring memory is sleeping in a log cabin (not exactly a log cabin, but a wooden hut to accommodate our family). To allow us enough beds, they put me in the porch, which was screened in to keep out the mosquitoes. As there wasn’t any glass, by morning, I was chilled to the bone. I’m still susceptible to colds when I get a chill…
For more great photos, some of which echoed our own from those years, click here.
And here’s the iconic image that I took of the entrance to the property in 1964.