Gala evening will celebrate the Miikaan/The Percy Portage exhibit in Warkworth
By Sue Dickens, Trent Hils Independent
The Percy Portage exhibit at the Ah! Arts and Heritage Centre, a display that includes historic maps and more about a route that many local folks still don’t know is a part of the history of this region.
Miikaans is the Ojibway word for trail or path.
The Percy Portage was an important route used for centuries by the Mississaugas, Huron and Iroquois First Nations. It also formed the basis of the first major road in the region in the early 19th century for local settlers, and those heading north.
Des Conacher, one of the curators on the committee of four that volunteered their time and expertise to put the exhibit together, said, “The historic maps are really the backbone of the exhibit.”
The committee includes Clive Russell, co-founder and creative director of the Centre, his wife Sheree Rasmussen and Stewart Richardson.
“Stewart has done an amazing job of collecting maps,” noted Conacher.
The Percy Portage was a shortcut for travel from Rice Lake to Lake Ontario, a route which bypassed waterfalls and rapids between Hastings and Meyersburg, an overland route that allowed First Nations people to travel safely to Lake Ontario.