Barney's Ball Lake Lodge c 1965

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Barney's Ball Lake Lodge c 1965

#1 Post by Antique Pilot » Tue Apr 28, 2015 3:36 pm

Barney's Ball Lake Lodge, NW Ont about 1965.

A Canso, Norseman, 2 Geese, 2 Cessna's, Super Cub.

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Re: Barney's Ball Lake Lodge c 1965

#2 Post by Liquid Charlie » Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:41 pm

Damn -- if that doesn't bring back memories --
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Re: Barney's Ball Lake Lodge c 1965

#3 Post by Antique Pilot » Tue Apr 28, 2015 5:36 pm

Liquid Charlie wrote:Damn -- if that doesn't bring back memories --
Can anyone make out the reg of the Canso? IDS or IOS?? The Cessna 180 JEN is around Selkirk. The Cub LVS is at Savant Lake. The Goose in the background I think is IWW.

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Re: Barney's Ball Lake Lodge c 1965

#4 Post by Antique Pilot » Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:49 pm

Jeeze I am tired of replying to myself.

Anyways the Goose on the extreme left should be CF-HUY.

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Re: Barney's Ball Lake Lodge c 1965

#5 Post by beech 18 » Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:01 pm

April 28, 2015

The Canso is CF-IDS.
It was purchased by Barney in late 1958 or early 1959.
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Re: Barney's Ball Lake Lodge c 1965

#6 Post by Antique Pilot » Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:12 pm

beech 18 wrote:April 28, 2015

The Canso is CF-IDS.
It was purchased by Barney in late 1958 or early 1959.
Thanks Beech. I have no information on this Canso. I was just taking a wild guess as to the era being mid 1960's.

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Re: Barney's Ball Lake Lodge c 1965

#7 Post by beech 18 » Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:25 pm

April 28, 2015

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The photo may have been taken in the early 1960's.

Just looking at the book "Ontario Central Airlines - The Kenora Years".
It is mentioned in the book that Canso IDS was sold in 1962.
It was replaced with Canso CF-OWE in 1963.
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Re: Barney's Ball Lake Lodge c 1965

#8 Post by Antique Pilot » Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:32 pm

Beech 18,

Thanks very much. Well that pretty much confirms the time, prior to 1962-63. I wonder where that Canso went?

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Re: Barney's Ball Lake Lodge c 1965

#9 Post by beech 18 » Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:38 pm

April 28, 2015

It mentions in the "OCA - Kenora Years" book that Barney made a deal
with Pete Lazarenko and IDS went over to Northland.
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Re: Barney's Ball Lake Lodge c 1965

#10 Post by BD8 » Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:16 am

IDS was involved in a mid-air collision with Canso HTN over a forest fire on Sept 1, 1971 north of Fort Smith NWT.
Both aircraft were destroyed.

IDS was operated by Norcanair.
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Re: Barney's Ball Lake Lodge c 1965

#11 Post by lastchance » Wed Apr 29, 2015 11:01 am

My first flying job in Cessna 180 JEN for Bearskin in 1972. Thanks to Murray Wood for the recommendation.
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Re: Barney's Ball Lake Lodge c 1965

#12 Post by beech 18 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:43 am

August 18, 2016

Postcard of the O.C.A. base in Kenora.
Guests departed from this base for the Ball Lake Lodge.


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Re: Barney's Ball Lake Lodge c 1965

#13 Post by Cat Driver » Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:43 pm

Last time I flew that PBY CF-OWE was for Austin Airways, can't remember the year though...

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Re: Barney's Ball Lake Lodge c 1965

#14 Post by BigWillyStyle » Tue Aug 23, 2016 1:07 pm

My goodness, that postcard brings back memories. Many a refreshing brew was sipped in that warehouse.

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Re: Barney's Ball Lake Lodge c 1965

#15 Post by mmm..bacon » Tue Aug 23, 2016 2:49 pm

^ Agreed, BWS. was the potato gun around when you were there?
Anybody got a recent photo of Ball Lake - I last flew over about 10 years ago, and it looked in rough shape.
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Re: Barney's Ball Lake Lodge c 1965

#16 Post by BigWillyStyle » Sun Sep 04, 2016 9:54 pm

^ It was.

I last flew by Ball Lake 18 months ago. Some structures were burnt down or just wrecked. The bush is slowly retaking it. Shame.
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Re: Barney's Ball Lake Lodge c 1965

#17 Post by beech 18 » Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:14 am

November 27, 2016

Photo found on the internet.
Unknown photographer.
Unknown date taken.


A very nice photo of the Ball Lake Lodge with 7 aircraft.

two Cessna 180.
two Norseman.
2 Goose.
1 Canso.


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Re: Barney's Ball Lake Lodge c 1965

#18 Post by beech 18 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:26 pm

March 07, 2017

Postcard of Barney's Ball Lake Lodge.

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Re: Barney's Ball Lake Lodge c 1965

#19 Post by valleyboy » Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:20 am

I can still see Barney greeting and walking guests down the red carpet. Shaking their hand with his right hand and his left hand patting their wallet. An OCA standing joke!!
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#20 Post by onceacop » Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:33 am

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Re: Barney's Ball Lake Lodge c 1965

#21 Post by fleetcanuck » Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:57 am

I met the helicopter pilot involved in the late '70s. He said that was the most awful moment in his life, watching that happen as he lay there with terrible injuries.

He had come into our base slinging a Sikorsky, minus the rotor blades, underneath a Bell.
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Re: Barney's Ball Lake Lodge c 1965

#22 Post by onceacop » Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:03 am

Yes that had to be a defining and sobering moment in anyone's aviation career.
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