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Old 01-30-2013, 10:54 PM   #1
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I'm on the map!

As you may have guessed from my user name, my last name is Tilston. My family has owned a cabin on Manitoulin Island for five generations now.
Just recently I was showing a co-worker where it was on Google maps, when I noticed the title of the bay across from where the family cabin is. Tilston's Bay. No one in my family told me about this. My sister, who lives on Manitoulin was pretty surprised about it when I told her.
In the attached pictures, the first one is the map I found, the second one is an older picture of the cottage. My dad is the goofy kid between the trees, and my grand father is the figure second most to the right. The cottage was actually the boat house for the place next door. My great aunt got that place, and my grand father got the boat house. The third picture shows the boat house, when it was a boat house.
Looking forward to the family reunion this summer at the cottage. My sister is organizing it and she thinks there may be 150 Tilstons there.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:59 PM   #2
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Pretty Cool David! Looks like its a nice quiet area to camp in.


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WOW - how cool is that!
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:21 AM   #4
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It IS a nice place to camp. We stayed on Manitoulin Island a couple of summers ago. We drove on the island from the north, using a bridge that is only open part of the day and then turns for boats at other times. We drove the island, hit the small town museums, found an African import gift shop in one of the small towns, of all things, went to a First Nations museum, and then a First Nations powwow that was huge. The grand entrance at the powow took at least an hour. And then we loaded the camper onto the ferry to leave, so we could go on to Canadian Niagra. Riding the ferry was quite fun, sitting in line to load onto the ferry (and shopping and lunching while we waited), driving the Uhaul into the lower part of the ferry and then going on top to enjoy the ride.

I would recommend the trip.

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Old 01-31-2013, 09:46 AM   #5
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How neat, looks like a wonderful spot!
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As Cindy said, we really enjoyed our stay at the island. We even had the chance to play a nice small golf course while we were there. The only bad thing was the rain during the pow-wow, but we didn't melt! Fun trip.
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First Nations museum, and then a First Nations powwow that was huge. The grand entrance at the powow took at least an hour.
Before my dad retired, he worked as a teacher at the only high-school on the island, in the First Nations reserve.
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. My family has owned a cabin on Manitoulin Island for five generations now.
OT alert. David you dont happen to know any of the Conibear family do you? there another long time cottage family on Manitoulin.
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Before my dad retired, he worked as a teacher at the only high-school on the island, in the First Nations reserve.
I wish that there was a "like" here. Consider your comment "liked." Kevin and I go to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota once a year with our fiberglass camper packed with donations. We then spend a week camped there with the Re-Member organization and try to help make living conditions better for a few that week. Manitoulin did not look quite as disadvantaged as Pine Ridge does, but we could tell it was a First Nations reserve as we drove through.

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OT alert. David you dont happen to know any of the Conibear family do you? there another long time cottage family on Manitoulin.
OT alert? Since most of my memories are from childhood, no. My dad was a councilor on the island a couple of years ago, he most likely knows them. The island is however like 150 km long. Not many people, but lots of room.
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How cool

Just yesterday my grandson was here at the house and I used Goggle Maps to show him some property I owned in Washington State when his mother was about his age 11.

I moved there and used a P.O. box.....my ex needed a street address so the post master asked me to name the road I had made out to my cabin.....just a trail really.....

I still got my mail at the P.O. box, but now the road and the bay on the lake show up on the on Google Maps
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OT alert? The island is however like 150 km long. Not many people, but lots of room.
Yup It was the not many people reason I asked. Your fortunate to still have such a family treasure to go back to. Nice area.
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My dad is getting older and he asked my older brother, (first born) what he would do if he inherited the cottage. With out pause, my brother said "Sell it". Wrong answer. My younger sister, when asked the same question said, "tear it down and build a real house". Wrong answer.
My job is done entirely on line, in fact my boss officially works in Calgary, if you call her Calgary number, you get connected to Prince Edward Island. So when I was asked, my answer was that I would probably move there and raise my two youngest kids. This would be hopefully after three oldest are all over 18. Leave them in Calgary with instructions to pay the mortgage and the utilities. I'm sure it won't be as simple as that, but that is the basic plan.

The attached picture is from the inside of the cottage while my dad was putting on a new roof. The inside wall below the new construction, and the wall opposite it are all that is left of the original boat house. The place has been in constant state of transition for as long as I remember. The latest change is he put a proper concrete foundation under it that goes down to the bed rock, which is only about two feet below where the cottage used to be, but since the concrete walls are about four feet high, the cottage has gone up by two feet, (picture 2 and 3).
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honestly if i could telecommute, i would do it from the island. i told my parents if they are still kicking in 19 years when Im ready to retire....their house is going to be sold and we are moveing someplace where the property taxes wont kill us and the neighbors are out of eye sight lol....i dont want to live in an urban area but want to see and hear nature all around me.

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