BOATING ON CROWE LAKE
May 11, 1893 (Marmora Advocate)
"Captain John Devlin was to command the steamer 'Helen', making daily trips to the head of Crowe Lake and the fishing grounds."
June 30, 1910 (Marmora Herald)
"An event of importance took place yesterday when the Christina, a pleasure steamer, was launched on Crowe River. The Union Jack was flying from the bow and the Stars and Stripes from the stern."
By 1910, the Marmora Herald claimed that Marmora was the "Venice of North Hastings" and a new ship building centre. The campers complained that the steamer 'Christina' was blowing her whistle too late at night.
Bonter Boat Works
As Crowe Lake began to become more and more popular, cottage and resort owners created a steady demand for small water craft. Fast and light double rowers could soon whisk you across the lake to the best fishing spots.
For over a decade following their marriage in 1931, Bill and Ruth Bonter built cedar strip boats by hand. Each nail hole had to be hand drilled in a small factory without electricity. About three months in the making, a boat like this would sell for $60.00 to $80.00.
Tom O'Neill's collection of "Boating on Crowe Lake"
THE WOODEN BOAT COLLECTION
CROWE LAKE SAILING CLUB AND REGATTAS
Another Mobile Sailing program: The BOOM program......designed for younger children, this class utilized single sail "Optimists"
By 1988, the Crowe Lake Sailing Club owned its own Kilibri sailboats and ran classes all summer with three instructors.
Marmora's First sailing school was a fully equipped mobile unit sent by the Ontario Sailing Association.