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Rich in History
The Landing on Big Rideau Lake, which is now the community of Portland, lies at the heart of the Rideau Canal System and is central to the history of the canal and to the early development of Canada. Portland is on Highway 15, midway between Ottawa and Kingston, Ontario.
But why are the "dry and dusty" pages of history of any interest or value in our fast food, technocratic society of today? Who has the time to look back when the glowing colors and videos on our smartphones and tablets beckon us to go faster and faster toward wherever we are going? Do we know where we are going?
The Settlers Trek 2016 experience of those volunteers, sponsors, communities and participants as well as the growing number of interested followers suggest that there is much to be gained from having a "historical perspective" as we accelerate toward the ever present uncertainties of the future.
Wrapped in Natural Beauty
Big Rideau Lake, an awesome resource surrounded in year round splendor of nature's glory makes for an incredible playground and backdrop for endless exploration, recreation and artistic inspiration. Those of us who live in Portland and near the shores of Big Rideau Lake recognize the value of having the Big Rideau as our front yard, observe the myriad of natural wonders and changing panorama of life that unfolds for us with each sunrise and sunset.
With the change of each season there is a new parade of flora and fauna that get themselves all gussied up just for our amusement and amazement. If you happen to be a photographer or an artist, each day presents new opportunities and inspiration. If you are a student of Life, it is like having a full scholarship to one of the best learning institutions on earth.
Likewise, the more we learn the more we realize that we have an obligation to share our knowledge and experience with others so that our legacy becomes the knowlege base for future generations.
A Vibrant Future
The surrounding area is blessed with a rich diversity of human experience and talent that is the creative energy for a nourishing quality of life, a growing population and a sustainable economy. It has been said "It takes a village to raise a child." It is equally true that "while growing older is unavoidable, growing up is optional.
The advantage of growing up in the rich fabric of Portland is that your odds of retaining that childlike curiosity are greatly enhanced by the richness and diversity of the relationships that develop in this small town community.
Being from a small town like Portland does not diminish the opportunities for learning how to grow and contribute every day of your life. You may come to Portland as a "CFA", but if you are willing to share your experience with others, you will very soon be at home in a community that cares and shares and embraces much that life has to offer here.
Interested in shaping our future? The Portland Improvement Committee is working to that end and has opportunities for those who want to participate.