In this photo from an unknown date, a pair of Bracebridge youths make the most of the massive snowbanks along Manitoba Steet.
As a sidenote, local historian Ken Veitch points out in his book Bracebridge – A Muskoka Heritage that one of the original white pioneers in the area, John Beal, built the first log home in Bracebridge. The most suitable area of land he could find was in the flat area north of Bracebridge Falls, near where Oliver’s Coffee is currently located on Manitoba Street. His decision to build there would set in motion the events which would lead to Manitoba Street becoming the main street in town.
Thanks to Brent Fitzmaurice for the photo.
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