By the 1930s, poachers had the ability fly out their furs with bush planes, but planes also meant that poachers’ tracks could be seen from the air.
“In 1931, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police set up a stakeout at Lac La Croix for a notorious fur poacher and bush pilot by the name of ‘Dusty’ Rhodes.
When Rhodes landed, the Mountie posing as a tourist suddenly canoed to the plane followed by an Ontario Provincial Police Constable.
The first all-metal aircraft of the Provincial Air Service, the Hamilton H-47, was used to bring Bob, Albert, and Art the supplies needed to build the new cabin.
Building a new ranger cabin The business of tourism takes flight Airplane pilot, Art Burtt and Mary Roach on Bayley Bay, Basswood Lake, 1945After World War II, aircraft were abundant and Quetico saw a staggering increase in American tourists.
Forest fire management Fire suppression changed drastically after 1936, when fires consumed more than 76,800 ha of Quetico’s forest, marking one of the worst fire seasons ever recorded in the park.
The Beaver soon became one of the best-known bush planes in the north, and is still used in Quetico today.
To maximize efficiency, members of portage crew are often dropped off or picked up at the same time.
Ranger Carol Gosselin is always happy to greet the Beaver float plane that carries supplies to Prairie Portage every Wednesday Saving the day Some of our Assist Emergency Services operations also continue to use Beavers.
All photos are courtesy of Quetico’s John B. Ridley Research Library.