Private Project

The Lost Timber Slide of Chats Falls

In Fitzroy Harbour, a secret has been hiding for over 100 years - an abandoned timber slide.

Can it still be found?

Timber slides were once the greatest invention in the transportation of square timber rafts down the mighty Ottawa River. Now, few traces of these structures can be found.

In my personal journey of discovering all things old and abandoned in the Ottawa Valley, I have decided to turn my camera towards a historical site located in my own backyard. Follow along as I track down and uncover the history of The Lost Timber Slide of Chats Falls.

  • David Bouthillier
    The Forgotten Valley, Brent
  • David Bouthillier
    The Forgotten Valley, Brent
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 4, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
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    Digital DSLR
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Director Biography - David Bouthillier

David grew up in the Ottawa Valley. During high school, he developed an interest in black & white and slide film photography. Over the years, his creative interest lead him to videography, which resulted in a popular YouTube channel in 2009.

In 2018 he launched GLASSGLOWZ Media with his wife Ange, focusing on motorsports event photography and videography. Combining his hobby of hunting down ghost towns and abandoned places, David has been finding ways to merge his photographic creativity with his passion for all things old and forgotten.

David currently lives in Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario, with his wife and two children. As his fulltime day job, David works as a software developer for a hi-tech company in Kanata.

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