#1 – Poles hung from bell then dropped

 What really happened was . . . 

In December, Ontario Hydro began clearing a 100-foot right-of-way from Manitouwadge to Hornepayne for a wood pole transmission line . . . . The [Bell] copter rushes the pole to the site, lowers it into the prepared hole and the ground crew tamp it firm. It is an odd sight to see a hydro pole travelling through the air on the end of the 75 foot rope.
  -  Times-Journal, March 27, 1962

#2 - Pic River does not exist

 What really is the case is . . .

 Seven thousand years ago the Pic River did not exist . . . . [T]he meltwaters of the rapidly-receding glaciers were . . . creating a lake . . . The Pic and White Otter River were natural
depressions forming long arms of the massive lake reaching up as far as Hillsport and Caramat . . . . As the level dropped, the long arms of the lake because narrower . . .  Thus the Pic River came into being.                                                    - 
"Ontario Department of Lands and Forests Weekly Report - District of Geraldton", May 7, 1970

#3 - Manitouwadge named for burning sand

 Close, but no cigar . . . Here are the facts . . .

 Moses [Fisher] relates that Lake Manitouwadge is named after a strange formation which existed at the time on the shores of the lake.  Apparently ore-bearing sand, drifting down a river . . .  drifted into a huge heap, which Indians call a "burn"  and  which they believed to be a dwelling place of the Great Spirit . . . . Manitouwadge . . . is ojibway for Manitou's cave or house.
 -"Indian Guide of Early 30's Recalls Manitouwadge Trip", News-Chronicle, September 3, 1965

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