Trees on Fire along Parrots Bay by the Edwin Baker sign, Bath Ontario
4888 ON-33 Bath, ON K0H 1G0
Location: Near 4989 Highway 33 (west of Amherstview near Parrott’s Bay)
The fall colours were on fire! This is a beautiful little stop outside Parrot’s Bay Conservation near Bath Ontario. Enjoy a little Park, historical plaque about Edwin A Baker (see information below) and some areas to sit along and enjoy a water view.
Edwin A. Baker (1893-1968), affectionately known as “The Colonel,” was one of the founders of CNIB, and served as its managing director from 1920 until 1962.
Born on a farm near Kingston, Ontario, Baker grew up where his United Empire Loyalist forefathers had settled. He attended public school and high school nearby and went on to Queen’s University to study engineering.
He obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree as an electrical engineer in 1914, just in time to enlist with the Sixth Field Company, Canadian Engineers, and serve in World War I. In 1915, he was wounded at Mount Kemmel, France, and lost the sight in both his eyes.
After the war: a new way of life
Baker returned to Canada in 1916, after undergoing rehabilitation at St. Dunstan’s home in England, to rebuild his life as a person living with vision loss. It was a considerable challenge, as there were few social services available at the time, and people with vision loss tended to be dependent on their families.
Undaunted, Baker obtained a position at the Ontario Hydro-Electric Power Commission. In his spare time, he joined the board of the Canadian Free Library for the Blind as a volunteer and helped found CNIB, along with six other Library volunteers, in 1918. He served as vice-president of its first National Council, oversaw the After Care and Training program for Canadian servicemen who had been blinded in the war, and in 1920, he became CNIB’s general secretary.