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"Lady of the Lake" Hurt's steam launch on Lake Max - Photo courtesy Jean Armstrong

It was not until about the turn of the century when horses replaced the oxen and travelling became a little less difficult that several of the town people decided that "Arbor Island" would be a wonderful place for their families to spend their summer holidays, and before many years there were about a dozen cottages. The first was erected by Mr. Embree, and later sold to Mr. Udall. Others belonged to Mr. Ashley, Mr. J. A. Wright, Mr. Birbeck, Mr. Frank Thompson, Mr. Hurt, Mr. A. R. Welch, Mr. Dougal Taylor, Mr. F. Howell, Mr. E. Phillips, Mr. Johnson and Dunn Brothers.

The children of these families have many happy memories of the summers spent at Lake Max, where they learned to study nature, swim and dive and row a boat. During the long summer evenings they would row across to the mainland, play baseball until dark, then return to the island and build a huge bonfire in front of one of the cottages where they would pop corn and sing songs and tell stories until weariness sent them to rest.

Later as cars took the place of horses, travelling over the old trails was very difficult in wet weather and interest waned, but with improved road conditions the last few years, and the intro­ duction of several motor boats, Lake Max is once more coming into its own and many of the larger groups in the vicinity hold their annual gatherings there.

In 1900, or thereabouts, large groups of people used to go down to the Lake to pick raspberries, as after the fire the berries grew in

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