The stubinsky family
We are one of the oldest families remaining after Ontario Hydro expropriated the lands around the town of Black Donald and along the shores of the Madawaska River to create one of the largest hydro reservoirs in Canada.
The entire town of Black Donald was demolished, the houses, general store, dancehall, school, the refinery and all the buildings. In the fall of Canada’s Centennial Year (1967) the dam was completed, and the waters rose 85 feet in a matter of days. The town of Black Donald and our land along the Madawaska River were now underwater.
It took several years of negotiating with Ontario Hydro to agree on fair compensation for the land we had lost. Eventually, we accepted 105 acres of forested land with 5,600 feet of waterfront which is where the campground stands today. The campground is just above the waterline from where the town and mines of Black Donald once stood. In fact, our boat launch is part of the original Black Donald-Calabogie Road, built in 1901. If you could still follow that road from our docks for another 500 meters you would arrive where the graphite refinery once stood.
Here is a short story, and some old family photos, that we would like to share with you to describe how the Black Donald Tent & Trailer Park came to be. We hope you enjoy it!
♥ Ann, John, Janice, Hunter, Lilly, Abby & Beth