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in the region.




Casting The Net of Opportunity


A year ago, the possibility of a Syrian refugee becoming part of Kendall and Joanne Dewey’s family-run commercial fishing operation was next to none. But when Slieman.…read more

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author: David Newland   
photography: Johnny C.Y. Lam

Joint Ventures


Whether you agree with its legalization or not, cannabis will definitely have an economic and social impact on our region. You’d be surprised at the spectrum of locals who are…read more

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author: Tom Cruickshank


Capturing the Essence Of Deborah Samuel


The acclaimed Canadian photographer’s unmistakable edgy style and her unique interpretation of the subjects captured by her lens, makes for hauntingly beautiful…read more

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author: Janet Davies  

A Centre for Connection and Creativity Through Music


Twenty years ago, Donna Bennett and Brian Finley had a dream to develop a summer music festival that would showcase classical, jazz, folk, and show music in a welcoming…read more

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author: Chris Cameron


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FENCE POSTS: Champlain Slept Here

author: Dan Needles   illustrator: Shelagh Armstrong

There is a legend among historians that Samuel De Champlain, the great mapmaker, explorer and arguably the first “Canadian,” spent the winter of 1615…

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MUST, MUST, MUST: What’s New and What’s To Do

Our Must, Must, Must section highlights a broad range of events, festivals, activities and galleries that contribute to the diverse character of the Watershed region…

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author: Victoria Taylor, Landscape Architect, MES, MLS, OLA

Windbreak, buffer, treeline, green fence, field margin, shelterbelt, fence line, hedgerows…some of the terms used to describe the living corridors that bend and flow…

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WATERSHED PRESENTS: The 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Oriana Singers

author: Cecilia Nasmith

It started 50 years ago, when a handful of friends, who were to call themselves the Oriana Singers, gathered around the kitchen table at Helen Massie’s farmhouse. The small, dedicated group shared a love of madrigals – a form of vocal chamber music – and a love of community..


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GEORGE'S POND: Springing Into Action

author: George Smith   illustrator: Lee Rapp

Aaaah spring – the most deliciously anticipated season of the year. Most people I know start to lose patience with snow and frigid temperatures around mid-February…

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CULTURAL CURRENTS: Manasie Akpaliapik

author: Shelby Lisk

A whale jaw becomes the figure of Sedna, the shoulder bone of a walrus imagined into a man playing a drum, while muskox horns and caribou antlers lie on a dusty shelf, waiting to see…

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INNOVATION: Sound the Alarm

author: Meghan Sheffield   photography: Sasha Sefter

Imagine the typical tech innovator, the face of a new start up. If the image that comes to mind is cowboy meets computer nerd – the basement-dwelling, Zuckerberg-type – picture…

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HABITAT: The Carolinian in our Backyard, and Beyond

author: Norm Wagenaar  

Although our school books clearly delineate one forest region from another, the lines on the ground are blurred…

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FIELD NOTES: A Spring Procession of Bobolinks

author: Terry Sprague   photography: Helmer Nielsen

Every May 1st, my binoculars are aimed in the direction of the bromegrass fields beside our house. It’s time for the bobolinks to announce their arrival from their southern Brazil…

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LOVIN' THE LOCAL: A Showcase Of Locally Curated Products

author: Stephanie Campbell

We’re Lovin’ the Local: A showcase of locally made and locally inspired products that reflect the heart and soul of entrepreneurs rooted in Watershed Country

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FOOD & DRINK SCENE Foraging Ahead With Albert Ponzo

photography: Johnny C.Y. Lam

Welcome to the local Food & Drink Scene where Watershed shares its secrets and discoveries. Our region is blessed with creative chefs, restaurateurs…

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A CURATED COLLECTION: Gatineau River, Gracefield 1955

The Art Gallery Of Northumberland Presents: A. Y. Jackson…

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MEANDERINGS: Belleville Harbour Circa 1900

author: Orland French   photograph: Courtesy of Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings

In the cold, snowy winters of the 1800s, gangs of lumbermen, deep in the forests of central and northern Hastings, piled up logs along the banks of the Skootamata…

First Words

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John De La Cour was on the masthead of the first issue of Watershed but we were friends long before I started publishing the magazine. In the early ’90s, John acted as my campaign manager when I ran for council... read more


I read with great interest the article in a recent issue of Watershed that told the story of the Black Fly, an innovative and exciting electric airplane that was developed in Northumberland County…



summer camp section

Watershed is compiling a list of
Summer Camps to occupy your art-obsessed,
STEM-enthusiast, burgeoning thespian or
jack-or-jill-of-all-trades this summer.



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shelby lisk

shelby liskA freelance photographer, videographer and writer from Kenhté: ke…

sasha sefter

sasha sefter

An award-winning photographer based in Southern Ontario, Sasha is a recent graduate of the photojournalism…

christopher cameron

christopher cameronWith a new career as a freelance writer and editor, Christopher channels the dedication and discipline…