Toronto Tuesday 01.29

Toronto Tuesday‘ is a weekly photo feature about random stuff (landmarks, people, culture, seasons, etc.) in the city.

Lake on the Mountain

This week, Toronto Tuesday goes 225km east to a less known place in Prince Edward County, called Lake on the Mountain. This place is considered to be a geological wonder.

This freshwater lake is located nearly 62 metres above Lake Ontario. It has no visible source of water and is not affected by drought. Stories of volcanoes, meteorites and massive glacial whirlpools explaining the origins of the lake are abound. But the most generally accepted theory holds that it is a collapsed sink, an odd feature found in areas with limestone rock foundations The lake’s outlet stream flows through a shallow bedrock channel, eventually tumbling over the escarpment to lake Ontario below The depth of the lake is still not fully known, although previous attempts have established the depth as over 110 feet deep.

Lake on the Mountain

The lake has a shallow shore on one end and is very deep on the other.

Mohawks, the original inhabitants (‘Indians‘) of this region, called it Onokenoga, or Lake of the Gods, and believed that spirits dwelled within its deep waters. Each spring, they offered gifts to the spirits to ensure a successful crop in the coming year.

Lake Ontario, 62 meters below.

[Credits: First picture taken from the official website. Text compiled from the official website and Wikipedia]
Toronto Tuesday‘ is a weekly photo feature about random stuff (landmarks, people, culture, seasons, etc.) in the city.