Well, not exactly. 'Awan Lake' is a figment of my imagination, a child's fantasy of Big Rideau Lake and Portland, Ontario where I spent many perfect days and nights on the Grindstone Island home of my grandfather, Admiral Sir Charles Kingsmill. Ever since those days, 'Awan Lake' has lingered in my thoughts, perhaps at some vague location to the north-west of Big Rideau! (Incidentally, 'Awan' is an Ojibwe word for 'foggy'.)
In the real world, it's wonderful to see that the Big Rideau Lake Association, too, has youth involved in water quality monitoring (The Water Rangers, photo at right).