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Big Joe Mufferaw
By Sandra Wilson
1 Big Joe Mufferaw is a giant of a man. He is a folk hero of Ontario, a giant lumberjack whose feats have led to many tall tales.
2 Joseph Montferrand was a French-Canadian lumberjack that lived in the Ottawa valley in the early 1800s. Joseph was a strong defender of French-Canadian rights which earned him local hero status. Many years later, Joseph's actions were exaggerated into the tall tales of Big Joe Mufferaw, a book written by author Bernie Bedore. Later his legend became a song by Stompin' Tom Connors.
3 Legend has Big Joe paddling to Ottawa from his home in Mattawa in just one day. He is also said to have created the Rideau Canal by a path he wore walking back and forth to his girlfriend's house. He also built Mount St. Pat, and put out a fire from half an hour away with five spitballs.
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