Hawk Lake Log Chute

A log chute is a man-made trough that was used to carry logs over rough river landscape to a sawmill. The log chute was developed in Canada in 1829 to circumnavigate the Chaudière Falls in Quebec. In the late 1800s there were thousands of wooden chutes around the province and dozens in the county of Haliburton, but they're all gone now—except for this one. There’s been a log chute on this site since 1861 and it is now the only one of its kind in Ontario.

This historic site is a testament to the tenacity and perseverance of the tens of thousands of men who made their living in the logging industry, and whose courage helped forge the communities of rural Ontario.