Photo-Art by Neil de Boer

Archive for July, 2015

La Grande Hermine – Jordan Harbour Shipwreck

La Grande Hermine Shipwreck

La Grande Hermine Shipwreck

For anyone traveling on the QEW Highway between Hamilton and St. Catharines there is an interesting landmark (or is it a watermark?) that let’s them know they are passing Jordan Harbour. Since 1997 this 140 foot replica of French explorer Jacques Cartier’s ship the La Grand Hermine has rested here.

Originally built in Quebec in 1914 it was a ferry on the St. Lawrence, later became a cargo ship, then a floating restaurant and finally converted into a replica ship. It was then towed by the owner to Jordan Harbour in 1997 in hopes of turning it into a gambling venue in a spot near Niagara Falls. Unfortunately the owner passed away before permission was received and it has sat here ever since. In January 2003 an arson fire caused extensive damage to the wood clad vessel and what remains is a rusted hull that still attracts the attention of travelers on the busy Queen Elizabeth Way Highway.

This video link is by CHCH News with the history of the ship with photo’s before the fire.


Weavers Creek – Owen Sound

Weaver Creek, Owen Sound

Weavers Creek, Owen Sound

Weavers Creek in Owen Sound’s Harrison Park is a real treasure. A short stroll along the boardwalk and trail to the main falls is so relaxing as all your senses are soothed by the sound of flowing water and the birds of the bush. The lush green leaves and moss covered logs. This is one of the small lower falls before you get to Weavers falls which is a beautiful mid sized water fall. Here is alink to a shot of the main falls.¬†

Lazy Hazy Days of Summer

Lazy Hazy Days of Summe

Lazy Hazy Days of Summer

Watching the sun set (and taking pictures of it) is one of my favorite things to do. Here we are overlooking Colpoys Bay near Wiarton Ontario. The sunsets have been a little hazy lately and I hear this is a result of all the forest fires out West.

Swan Shower

Swan Showr

Swan Shower

This swan was having fun rustling it’s wings around in the water creating it’s own morning shower.

This was taken this last winter before the water froze over in Harrison Park Owen Sound.

Happy Canada Day!!