The Last Years of the Log Drive-The View from Above.
There have been a few time I have been asked: “When did they stop driving logs down the Exploits River.”
The answer I usually give is the one that Roger Pike, the former public relations person with Abitibi gave me, which is 1991.
I was also told that the final “sack” (cleaning up of logs) was done in 1994, as there were still logs on the river and in various lakes even after they stopped moving them by water. The “Company” had started to move away from driving in the 1960’s, but the complete transition to trucking took a very long time!
The other day I was made aware of Google Earth Timelapse. I thought this was a cool idea and was looking forward to looking at it. Unfortunately the resolution is not great enough to see some of the things I was looking for. BUT it does give you a great view of the pulpwood on the Exploits River!
So here it is, the last years of pulpwood driving on the Exploits.