Lac Saint-Sixte Bridge
Lac Saint-Sixte Bridge is located on the Lac Saint-Sixte Road and crosses the Inlet River. The road is a branch of Inlet Road and leads to Saint-Sixte Lake. The bridge is on the property of Malcolm Berndt. Mackie is the son of Harry and Eileen who raised their six children on the farm. Harry and his father, August, had been very good boat builders, specializing in rowboats. With the many fishing clubs and cottages in the area, they were always busy working on a boat. August once built a boat, took it apart and it was flown by a bush plane to a remote fishing club where it was reassembled. When Mackie was young, he and his brother Bruce had a swimming hole with a diving board just above the bridge.
The Lac Saint-Sixte Road ends at the Saint-Sixte Fish and Game Club on Saint-Sixte Lake. There was also a large private family lodge owned by Perley-Robertson. The fish and game club provided year-round employment to caretakers, Henry and Gladys Brumm from the 1940s into the 1970s. Additional help was required by both the club and the family lodge in the summertime. Usually one or more school-age teenagers were hired to help out. It was a good summer job as my brothers, Brian and Roy found out.
From the late 1800s the Fish and Game Club and the Perley-Robertson family lodge hired local residents. Their work included being game wardens, working as guides for fishing and hunting, maintaining boats and buildings, cutting firewood in the winter, cleaning the lodge and clubhouse, cooking and serving meals to the guests. Some of these local residents were Augustus Berndt, his son August, grandson Erwin and his wife Doreen, Benny and Mabel French. Living onsite were John and Rebecca Brumm, Henry and Gladys Brumm (for 36 years) and finally Dale and Grace Sims who were the last full time caretakers. Following the Sims’ time, there have been a number of individuals working part time. It should be noted that Melvin and Beuhl, sons of Irwin and Doreen Berndt, who grew up nearby and eventually came to own places near Lac Saint-Sixte have also done part time work for the club and lodge.
Much of the land that was owned by the club and lodge was recently sold to a developer. The building lots, cottages and homes are expensive, but they provide owners with exclusive access to nature areas and common facilities such as tennis courts and recreation buildings. The development requires many tradesmen to build roads, homes, cottages and outbuildings. Numerous young men living in Mulgrave have found full-time employment in this development.
The current bridge was erected in the 1960s. The original bridge and road were lower with the high water level during the spring thaw often closing the road.