Holden Pond tells the story of how the development of hydroelectric power affected settlements and communities located along the Ottawa River. Settlement in the Upper Ottawa Valley started in the mid-1800s, with the land being cleared hand tools and horses. For decades, the pace of life included trains, steamboats and horse-drawn wagons. In the late 1940s, residents were forced to move and they watched the reservoir Holden Lake slowly engulf the landscape that was home to them.

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