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A step back in time at Lakefield’s Victoria Day Walkabout

For the third year in a row, the Victoria Day Walkabout is coming to Lakefield on Saturday, May 17.

Queen Victoria, Catharine Parr Traill, Susanna Moodie, Sam Strickland and others will appear in period dress, greeting visitors and townsfolk from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Queen St.

Opportunities will be available to engage these folks from the past in conversation about their lives when they take time to sit and revive themselves.

Other activities that day include the Trent Valley Archives (TVA) display with Elwood Jones, historian and archivist, and a spinning demonstration near the Chocolate Rabbit.

The Christ Church Community Museum will also be open for visits and various merchants will have displays of Victorian times in their windows.

Trent Valley Archives will set up its booth near the police station focussing on the Stoney Lake and Juniper Island portion of their Fairbairn-Mackenzie collection.

J. (Jack) M.R. Fairbairn, a surveyor and engineer by trade for the C.P.R., took many photographs of cottage life between 1892 and 1905. These were on glass plates which were donated to TVA.

Prints were generated from these plates and formed the major display recently at the SPARK Festival.

Stoney Lake-Juniper Island prints will be on display at TVA’s booth this year. Dr. Jones will be able to speak about these photographs as well as sign copies of his books.

This Walkabout is one way that TVA engages the community in its outreach programs. Every year they generate tours and walks which bring local history to life by telling the stories of people and events in the area.

They organize bus and walking tours, pub crawls, bike tours, pageants and writing workshops to promote the preservation, identification and care of archives in five counties.

More info is available on this collection at, by calling Heather at 705-745-4404 or emailing

If you’d like more information about the Walkabout please contact Jennifer at 705-652-3919 or email

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