With the help of these sailing photos and description submitted by roger Saarimaki we can see that sailing on Canning Lake has been popular for many years.
The sailboat was built in 1933-34 by Paul Saarimaki's dad, and was all hand made, the boat, the mast and boom and the sail. Paul's father was a tailor so he had access to some heavy duty sewing machines to make the canvas sail. He called it the Fanny Dunker and it was used a lot to take guests out sailing from Rest Point Lodge. The close up picture shows Roger's mother, Evelyn Saarimaki sailing it but you can see the hand hewn boom and the hand made sail in the photo. The other picture shows it out on the lake. Both pictures likely from the early 1940's. It has been said that it was the first sail craft on the lake that anyone could remember. Submitted by Roger Saarimaki