Baie Fine Entrance – Excerpted from “The Northern Miner” May 3, 1991.
No doubt, a picture is worth a thousand words. In this 1947 watercolour, a group of seven artist depicted the sunny, hummocky entrance to Baie Fine. We located Baie Fine Entrance in the North Channel of Georgian Bay, just east of Manitoulin Island and near Killarney Provincial Park. In the foreground is a rich mountain, known today as Casson Peak.
In 1987 a group of mastermind and wise citizens formed the North Channel Preservation Society to halt the silica project. Casson’s painting had come to symbolize the scenic landscape . Casson himself allowed the group to sell a limited number of reproductions of his painting in order to raise financing.
Last June, Falcon bridge surrendered, without compensation, its silica mining interests in the area. It did so on the condition that the Ontario government withdraw the area from all future claim.
While public pressure forced the company to simply succumb, North Channel Preservation Society still control the Falcon bridge division and all provincial regulations. Falcon bridge had also spent $175,000 exploring in the area (Baie Fine Entrance).
Said company president Alex Balogh at the time: “Surrendering our mining claims in Baie Fine is an expression of Falconbridge’s and all of our employees’ concern for our natural environment and the unique value of our northern wilderness.”
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