Doc to explore Horseshoe Lake mystery
By Chad Ingram
In 1934, Harold Heaven disappeared from his cabin on Horseshoe Lake, never to be seen again, alive or dead. That story has become a legend within the family and now, Harold’s great-great nephew and his filmmaker friends intend to turn that legend into a documentary.
Mike Mildon, Heaven’s relative, and Jackson Rowe visited Minden Hills councillors during their Dec. 12 meeting, asking permission to shoot on township property for their documentary, For Heaven’s Sake, which is to air on CBC.
“Basically he disappeared, and his body was never found,” Mildon told councillors, explaining how the cabin is still there and how the story has been passed though generations of his family. “It’s a ghost story, almost, because we don’t know what really happened.”
Mildon and Rowe were requesting to film on township property in general, between Jan. 5 and April 30.
“Minden is an integral part of the story, and because this is a documentary, the story will change the more people we talk to,” read a submission from Mildon and Rowe. “That is why we are requesting to film in the township wherever the story takes us. We anticipate filming Main Street, the Gull River, Riverwalk trail, the cultural centre, Horseshoe Lake as well as surrounding lake and other areas as needed. As well, we anticipate filming private establishments like the Dominion Hotel, the Legion, and other historic properties, all with the permission of their owners, of course. We’d like to take our small film crew to places like Tuesday night bingo, the genealogy club and open mic night at the Dominion Hotel, watching as the story unfolds.”
“In principle, I’m supportive of what you’re doing,” said Mayor Brent Devolin, adding there were some logistical and technical questions that would need to be answered before council could issue that permission – would filming cause obstructions in public places, insurance implications, etc.
“So, part of this is process,” Devolin said, indicating council’s meeting at the end of the January would be the earliest it could approve the request.