by Angus McLean
Uncle McKay, as he was known, worked freighting all types of materials from Vermilion to Cold Lake. These trips were made by horse and wagon or horse and sleigh. More than once he was able to make successful trips by throwing meat to the wolf packs following his load.
He was well known by all the early settlers. He was Hugh McLean's uncle. He also took care of the horses for Dr. Miller. This was Dr. Miller's winter means of transportation from 1921 to 1939.
William McKay (known to all as Uncle McKay) with Victor and Angus McLean on a fishing trip at Long Lake, 1920.