Balsam Lake, ON


Watermark by Matthew Walmsley
Collected by Matthew Walmsley
My watermark is in Balsam Lake which is both part of the Kawartha Lakes and the Trent-Severn Waterway in Ontario.

My most memorable experience at this waterbody is going to the beach as a child and mixing together water and sand in my plastic green pail. Using my hands I would scoop the slurry mix and toss it in the air. The water and sand gave the droplets a special weight that when they fell back down shone with the light from the sun.

I loved to watch the globes of mud spinning together or breaking apart as they moved higher and higher. My eyes would track until the last possible moment when I would squeeze my eyes shut, snap my head forward and let the cascade of droplets fall on my head.
Watermarks are true stories about you and your connection to a body of water. By archiving your story, you add to a living record of our shared water heritage, protecting these waters for generations to come. So tell us: What is your watermark?

The water has an extraordinary effect on individuals and we see it year-after-year. The water bears no judgement on who enters, it welcomes everyone. In return, we show our respect by taking care of it.



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