When people ask me where my parents live, my answer is almost always invariably met with a blank stare.
“Yeah,” I’d reply. “You know where Sudbury is?”
“Ummm, kinda. Do people go skiing there?”
“Yeah, I suppose. More likely they go to mine minerals there. Iron, copper, that kinda thing.”
“Well, you go to Sudbury, then head an additional two hours or so north and west. That’s Elliot Lake.”
“How far is that from Toronto?”
“I guess anywhere from seven to nine hours depending on traffic and weather.”
*surprised whistle* “Is it nice?”
“Yeah. If you like bears and hiking. In the winter they do a lot of ice fishing.”
“Sounds like cottage country. Muskokas.”
“Yeah … no. It’s pretty wild up there. Civilization is mostly a strip-mall type deal named the Algo Centre. Beyond that, it’s all trees and lakes and logging roads.”
Basically, people have never heard of it let alone be able to place it on a map. That is, of course, until recently. Now most Ontarians have at least a rough idea of where the infamous mall is located.
My parents are still trying to convince me to move to their community — apparently uranium mining is about to take off again and there are going to be jobs galore!
That’s a definite maybe on that one.