Canatara Park Cabin Project Includes Time Capsule



Among the items slated for a time capsule bound for the rafters of a log cabin under construction in Canatara Park, officials want to make sure they include a mask.

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Among the items slated for a time capsule bound for the rafters of a log cabin under construction in Canatara Park, officials want to make sure they include a mask.

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“Fifty years from now people will be opening this thing, our kids or whoever it is – some of them might remember what COVID was,” said Ken Stothers of the Seaway Kiwanis Club of Sarnia-Lambton .

“We think we better put that in there,” he said.

Photographs of the history of the children’s farm established by the club in 1964 – additions over the years have included a BMX track, pavilion, shed, train station and more – will also be included in the capsule. , did he declare.

There are plans to make the capsule out of the same wood as the cabin – a replacement for its predecessor since disassembled and moved to the Lambton Heritage Museum in Grand Bend to be rebuilt as part of a historical exhibit – and attach a plaque to it, did he declare.

The $ 85,000 cabin project began in mid-August and a grand opening was slated for later in November, but was recently postponed until later this May.

The structure is about 90 percent complete, said Stothers, co-chair of the project, “but the bottom 10 percent is going slowly.”

A cabin fireplace with an electric insert is being built by Seaway Kiwanis Club of Sarnia-Lambton member Mark Gagnier, club officials said.  (Submitted)
A cabin fireplace with an electric insert is being built by Seaway Kiwanis Club of Sarnia-Lambton member Mark Gagnier, club officials said. (Submitted)

A chimney and electrical work remains to be completed, he said.

Rather than rushing, the decision was made to wait for better weather and new grass in the area to grow, he said.

“We don’t have our time capsule ready, so we just thought ‘put everything on hold’,” he said.

Changes from the previous structure include an overhang to better protect the hemlock timber beam walls from weather-induced rot, he said.

A wooden chandelier made from a ladder and “barn wood” furniture like tables and benches will be part of the end product, moved a little further away from other structures near the animal farm to give more space to people at events like Easter and Christmas shuts it down, he says.

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The remaining stones from the construction of a fireplace are used to build an outdoor fire pit with more space to roast the chestnuts, he added.

“It will be good when we’re done,” Stothers said, adding that club members believe there will be a demand to reserve the cabin for weddings as well.

The neighboring lodge is booked years in advance for outdoor summer weddings, he said.

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Many companies and individuals have offered materials and labor for the project, he said.

Benches acknowledging that two of the donors have already been set up along the nearby path, Stothers said.

One is a tribute to Dan Abraham, the project’s volunteer team leader, and the other celebrates AlumaSafway, who helped with the floors, sidewalks and other aspects of the project, he said.

“The groups that came to help us, it was wonderful,” said Stothers.

The project is currently “well on budget”, he said, noting that the funding includes $ 35,000 from the Judith and Norman Alix Foundation and the rest of the club.

“There’s a good chance we’re not even spending $ 85,000,” he said.

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