"Kapuskasing" Kapuskasing by twilightmuse
Kapuskasing Travel Guide: 0 reviews and 9 photos
My home town began as a prisoner of war camp. That should give you an impression of what this remote town is like. To get there you follow highway 11 until it ends- ok that would be slightly too far as there is one other town after Kapuskasing (or Kap for short). But you get the idea. It was the perfect location for prisoners because in the winter it was too cold to escape ( think -50, -60), and in the summer you would get eaten alive by bugs. And we lived here. Peachy. GM uses this town to test it's brakes in cold weather.
Ok so it wasn't all bad. Just small and did I mention remote? The population in 2006 is 8509. The town survives on a paper and pulp mill that was bought out by the general populace some years ago. otherwise this town would have become a ghost town with no method of income when the mill threatened to close down.
The closest shopping expedition would be in Timmins which most people are like Huh? Where is that? Think Shania Twain's birth place and that is the only reason people know the name Timmins. It is 3 hours away. North Bay being next at 5ish hours and Toronto at 9-12 hours.
As childhoods go this place was just as good if not better then most to grow up in. You appreciated things that city kids never got the opportunity to do unless their parents could afford a cottage.
For fun my friends and I would go ski-doing and tie GT snow racers on tow ropes behind the ski-do's. Probably not safe but fun as hell. We would also ski or skate on the snow ( it was that frozen) to each other's houses through fields that connected our back yards. No city buses here.
In the summer there were lots of places to go swimming in the middle of nowhere and for fun most of the local kids would walk around town, bike, play tennis or rollar blade. You really needed to get creative because most of the stores shut down at 5pm. Since there was so little to do you really appreciated the outdoors.
Once you got your license that biking or walking turned into driving around town. fun fun. Did I sound sarcastic?
In 2006 I returned to my childhood town for a week. Man I am glad I escaped this place. There are definitely certain things that I still love and think fondly of: the nature all around, the view of the stars without all the city smog or ligts. The quiet sound at night- only crickets. The safety of being able to not worry about the crime rate of cities.
Aside from that I thought the town was very grey and dull. Commerce has made it here with Wal-mart, and other big stores, the mall has expanded and is probably opened later then 5pm ( I think), and there are even quaint coffee shops with good coffee but the place seriously lacks landscaping. The streets are full of rocky gravel with no potted plants, or trees, or flowers of any sort which gives it an overall depressing feel.
- Pros:remote nature- lots of it.
- Cons:Not much else
- In a nutshell:If you want to disappear into the woods here is the place.
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