Tuesday Tales from the Archives: Lady Flora McRea Eaton
December 18, 2017
Lady Eaton personified Muskoka’s earliest reputation for grace and speed. The wife of Sir John Eaton and daughter-in-law of Timothy Eaton, she was a luminary in early 20th century Canadian society. Their Muskoka estate Kwandag (Ojibway for “meeting place of the pines” and now the home of Rosseau Lakes School) reflected the Eaton taste for grace, while their beautiful boats added the element of speed. The family preference for Muskoka-built boats (they bought Kwandag from Henry Ditchburn) resulted in a series of fine and fast launches including her husband’s 1922 Ditchburn Dolly Durkin, and the Mint Julep, named after her favourite refreshment. Even the Eaton family steamer, the elegant Wanda III, was reputed to be the fastest of her kind on the lakes.