• Watermark
    Buck Lake, ON - Brad MacDonald

My Watermark is Buck Lake, Ontario.

Growing up in Kingston, Ontario, I had many opportunities to explore the waterways of Lake Ontario, and the Thousand Islands. My parents taught my sisters and I how to swim at a very young age, and our summers were spent swimming, sailing, waterskiing, boating, and canoeing.

One of my fondest water memories was the first time I went sailing on Lake Ontario. It was on my uncle's Hobie 18 catamaran and I was probably around 10 at the time. He took my two cousins and I out after dinner one warm, windy summer evening. There were whitecaps, so more than enough breeze for a first-timer. What struck me most about this experience was the absence of any motor or buzzing engine, and how fast we were moving. I was hooked.

I went on to enrol in sailing school at KYC, and ended up teaching sailing. I try to get on the water when I can through sailing and windsurfing, and I think sailing has an opportunity to promote itself as a greener alternative to gas-powered boating. The challenge of course is making the sport accessible, inclusive, and affordable.



Waterbody
Buck Lake, ON

Watersheds

Contributed By
Brad MacDonald

Collected By
Claire Lawson

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?