The fictional town of Porter’s Mill is set in the very real area of the Haliburton Highlands which is in central Ontario. To most of us in Ontario, that area, along with the Muskokas and the Collingwood Blue Mountain range, is known as cottage country.
The Haliburton region (it’s both a town and a region) has lots of lakes, gently rolling hills with lots of pines and spruce, birches, maples, etc. It’s also one of the higher spots on the Canadian Shield.
As I said, there are lots of lakes in the area, with names that are both long and short. Lakes like Gull Lake, and Head Lake (below), and Kashagawigamog (the photo with the double chair overlooking the lake) In the summer it’s where the city dwellers drive up to every weekend to escape, to stay at one of their cottages beside one of the thousands of lakes in the area, to swim or waterski, fish or hike. Or just down a good cold beer. (Molson’s Canadian or Labatt’s Blue please — you do know our beer is stronger than American beer, right?)
The region is also filled with artists and craftsmen. In July, Gizmo Guy and I drove up to Haliburton (the town) for the annual Rails End Arts and Crafts show.
I was looking for a blacksmith who did work similar to what I envisioned Ryan doing, but it’s rather hard to transport a twenty foot dragon, right? Instead I found all sorts of other works.