Lesser Slave Lake beach—As a kid, I spent many long weekends in the summers camping on the beach at Lesser Slave Lake, just north of the town of Slave Lake, Alberta. This was a fairly pristine location, without even basic facilities, so we would bring in our own water and dig our own biffy. Far down the beach you can see some dark shapes, which were a herd of horses that the locals would let run free on the beach. I remember camping there one night when the sky was so clear that you could see so many stars that you couldn't make out any constellations. The sky seemed to be ablaze with stars. (July, 1961)

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