THE COMFORT MAPLE…….CANADA’S OLDEST SUGAR MAPLE, Pelham, Ontario
Terrible news out of Toronto. The maple tree which inspired Canada’s unofficial national anthem, The Maple Leaf Forever, was cut down in a recent storm. Check the story here.
GRAND ORANGE LODGE PLAQUE
Alexander Muir penned the lyrics of Canada’s most popular national song just one year after his participation in the Battle of Ridgeway against the Fenian invaders to express his pride in Canada’s first Dominion Day in 1867. Prior to the running of the Kentucky Derby, they play “My Old Kentucky Home”. Prior to the running of the Canada’s most prestigious horse race, the Queen’s Plate, they play the crowd favourite, “The Maple Leaf Forever”.
The Comfort Maple, shown above in resplendent fall colour, lies a stone’s throw from my great grandfather’s grave and is about 35 miles from Ridgeway. As you can see from the interview he gave in his 90th year, the Fenian Raids and the subsequent Confederation of the Canadian provinces were a big deal for his generation.