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Great Canadian Lumberjack Celebration draws a crowd to Barrington area


Published on July 31, 2017

Twins Valeria (left) and Karla Thibeault have fun logrolling during the junior edition of the Beaver Dam Sports Meet at the Wild Axe Park.

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BARRINGTON, N.S. – There were fun times to be had, good memories to be shared and stories to be told during the Canada 150 Great Canadian Lumberjack Celebration in Barrington on July 28 to 30.

There was a full house on hand for the screening of the National Film Board of Canada’s production, The Last Log Drive, staged in 1983 by Barrington’s Scott family. Director Polly Bennell was on hand to share the experience, as were some of the log drivers.

Rene Scott does a chainsaw carving as part of Scott Family Timber Show during the Great Canadian Lumberjack Celebration.
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A tribute to the Beaver Dam Sports Meet was held over two days at the Wild Axe Park, where competitors from back in the day took up the challenge in various water sports and sportsman skills. A junior edition was also held, with an enthusiastic bunch of competitor’s ready.

The “Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs of the Centennial Canoe Pageant,” held in 1967 as part of Canada’s 100 birthday celebrations, brought together five members of Team Nova Scotia to share their stories, including Barrington’s own Phil Scott; Richard Gerrior, Gerry Jamieson, Shawn Hadley, all from Guysborough, and Tony Navratil, Bridgetown.  

Marcel Scott (left), Raymond Scott and Rene Scott (in tub) get things ready on the river for one of the acts in the Scott Family Timber Show during the Great Canadian Lumberjack Celebration.
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At least three generations of the Scott family helped wrap up the weekend celebrations, staging two lumberjack shows that had the crowd laughing, clapping.

“I think overall everybody had a really good weekend,” said Suzy Atwood, tourism and community development coordinator for the Municipality of Barrington. “A lot of people said it was a great weekend and they really enjoyed themselves watching the competitions on and off the river.”

Atwood said she was happy with the turnout for all events, saying, “I think it was successful.”

April Scott (left) and Angie Scott have a great laugh after beating the competition during the Tribute to the Beaver Dam Meet, one of the events held during the Great Canadian Lumberjack Celebration.

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Tony Navratil showed he could still handle a canoe with the best of them during the Great Canadian Lumberjack Celebration in Barrington on July 29. Navratil was a member of Team Nova Scotia that competed in the 1967 Centennial Canoe Pageant, retracing the route of the original voyageurs from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta to Montreal. Navratil was one of five team members who were on hand during the celebration to talk about the experience.

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People line the bank of the Barrington River to watch the Scott Family perform during the Great Canadian Lumberjack Celebration.

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Phil Scott reads a letter he had written to the homefolk in 1967 while taking part in the Centennial Canoe Pageant as a member of Team Nova Scotia. Scott, along with four other team members were on hand during the Great Canadian Lumberjack Celebration to tell the tale of competing in the gruelling 3,283-mile (5,285 km) race that started at Rocky Mountain House, Alberta and ended on the St. Lawrence River at Expo ’67 in Montreal.

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Sue Johnston and Lee Keating paddle for the finish line during the Tribute to the Beaver Dam Sports Meet at the Wild Axe Park during the Great Canadian Lumberjack Celebration. In the background are youth paddlers Ritchie Hudson and Lucas Nickerson.

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Roger Newell and Victor Smith were among the competitors who took part in the Tribute to the Beaver Dam Sports Meet at the Wild Axe Park during the Great Canadian Lumberjack Celebration.

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