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The Gut

Tracy Wazny

Norwood, Canada

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In the belly of the gorge…

The Gut Conservation Area- A 162ha site located aprox 11 kilometers from Apsley Ont on concession 1 in Lake Township. The Crowe Valley Conservation Authority purchased the land in 1976 with co-operation of the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Nature Conservancy of Canada. The property is rugged and rocky with dense bush and a mixed hardwood forest.

It encompasses a prominent geological feature known locally as “The Gut”. The Gut is a gorge through which the Crowe River flows for 230 meters. The fissure that forms The Gut is over 30 meters high and the width varies from 5 to 10 meters. The gorge has a breath taking view of this unique terrian.

There have been some indian artifacts found here. These artifacts indicate that the area was used by natives as a battlefield. Local lore has The Gut as the site of a bloody battle between Iroquois and Huron’s in 1650, Iroquois arrowheads have been found in the area. More recently the area was owned by lumber companies who used the Crowe River to transport their logs to the market. Local residents might remember the Pearce Lumber Co (1850- 1950) and the Armstrong Lumber Co (1950-1976) as the previous owners who have owned the property. The loggers left their mark on this land, unfortunately, by reducing the size of the waterfalls to minimize the damage done to the logs.
Named by loggers, it was christened The Gut by the local loggers sometime in the 1800’s and so it has remained. They left no explination, but the name stuck.

This image is at the bottom of the falls down the stretch of the lower river….looking up river you can see the falls of The Gut tumbling above the mouth of the gorge.

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