Photographers, both amateur and professional, find Crooked Slide Park located 3 km from Combermere on Old Barry’s Bay Road irresistible.
The park's uniqueness is due to the reconstructed log chute on Byers Creek, which was originally used by loggers in the early 1900s to transport logs from the Hopefield, Brudenell, Rockingham, Wilno, and Barry’s Bay areas down to the Madawaska River. The log chute was built to prevent jams in the creek's narrow bends, and logs were diverted through it by closing a control dam. The chute, which spans around 220 feet, allowed logs to fall 10 feet back into the creek, ensuring a clear float to Combermere before they emptied into the Madawaska River.
The land, which spans six and a half acres, was generously donated by the Murray Bros. Lumber Company of Barry’s Bay, and the chute was reconstructed twice, first in 1973 and then again in 1994 after it had deteriorated.
Location ID #BR0124