Lac Heney, QC - Ingrid Thompson

My Watermark is Lac Heney (also known as Lac Petit-Poisson-Blanc), Quebec.

Growing up, I was fortunate enough to have a family cottage, as do many Canadians. The lake was a central part of this experience, whether it was swimming, spending hours with my sister trying to knock each other off of floating mattresses, or fishing for baitfish using only a fishing net and an angled rock.

One special memory took place in winter. I remember an amazing day when the lake froze solid with no wind or snow, so that we woke up to a smooth, polished natural icerink. We skated and skated; on black ice shot through with silver cracks. It was like skating on a diamond!

One of the saddest things I ever heard later in life (by then we'd sold the cottage) was that the Lake was essentially ruined by a commercial fish farm. This might be the first moment when I realized how much we needed to work to protect our waterways from the thoughtless harms so often perpetrated. My career reflects this, today.
 

Waterbody
Lac Heney, QC
Collector
Ruby Pajares
Contributor
Ingrid Thompson

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