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A Good Town Continues
edited by Nancy Thompson
This follow-on chronicle of Bracebridge history, compiled by the town's 125th Anniversary Book Committee, picks up where Robert J. Boyer's history left off, with year-by-year accounts of local events from 1915 to 1999.
A Good Town Grew Here
by Robert J. Boyer
From arrival of first settlers in 1860 to world war in 1914, this year-by-year chronicle of Bracebridge details social life, governance, politics, commercial and economic growth, crime and punishment, sports and cultural activity in Muskoka's capital town
A Life Consumed
by Diane Sims
In 1923 Lilly Samson, teacher in a one-room school north of Sault Ste. Marie, contracted TB. A year later she entered a sanatorium in Gravenhurst, Canada. She died there but wrote a series of letters: a moving and thought-provoking look at TB in the 20s.
A Steamboat Captain's History of Muskoka
by Levi R. Fraser, edited by Richard S. Tatley
Captain Levi Fraser's 1940s history of Muskoka brings back to life our district's history with engaging portraits of our major lakes and towns, resorts and tourism, lumbering, boating, cultural life, newspapers, social and religious activity, local govern
Arctic Twilight
by Leonard Budgell, edited by Claudia Coutu Radmore
In a series of beautifully crafted letters, former Hudson's Bay Company "servant" Leonard Budgell describes life in the Canadian north from the 1920s to the 1980s, as could only be done by someone who lived and worked there.
Bracebridge Around 1930
by Robert J. Boyer
Author Robert Boyer remembers Bracebridge at a time when he was a youth and Muskoka's capital town was in transition with automobiles replacing the horse-and-buggy and pioneer era industries fading or closing with the Depression.
Bridge of Hope
by James W. Demers
This true story became a medical legend. Bracebridge nurse Rene Caisse provided a secret-forumula herbal tea to thousands of people desperate to fight their cancer. The medical establishment took exception, and battle on a second front ensued.
Browning Island, Lake Muskoka
edited by Robert Attfield
A memoir of Muskoka summers (and the odd winter) in the early 1900s: "food chilled by blocks of ice cut from the lake, a wandering cow munching oranges in the kitchen, excursions up the lake on elegant steamboats, a floating store that called at dock … "
Curing Tuberculosis in Muskoka
by Andrea Baston, photography and photographic editing by Candis Jones
This is the story of Canada's first tuberculosis sanatorium, built at the turn of the twentieth century. At the heart of the book are real-life experiences of patients and hospital staff who fought tuberculosis every day for over six decades.
Elgin House, Lake Joseph
by Ray Love
This is a history of an important and successful summer resort in the Muskoka Region of Ontario from 1885 to the present. It details the efforts of four generations of the Love family to create a world class summer resort from modest beginnings.
Explore Muskoka
by Susan Pryke
Long-time all-season Muskokan Susan Pryke knows more about Muskoka than almost anyone around those parts, and in this thoroughly researched guide she digs deep into Muskoka history to reveal the personal stories and timeless charm behind all things ashore
by Donna E. Williams; J. Patrick Boyer
The District of Muskoka, today celebrated as a vacation paradise, began as a sort of hell for many would-be farmers who arrived to claim its "free land". This is the true story of one special chapter in that dramatic saga.
by Susan Pryke
Huntsville never had an easy time during its formative decades. Founded in the 1860s amid the picturesque lakes and rolling wooded hills of northeastern Muskoka, the hamlet struggled in competition with nearby settlements. The arrival of the railway in 18
Idleness, Water and a Canoe
by Jamie Benidickson
Idleness, Water and a Canoe explores why canoeists have constantly sought new summer waterways, how they have practised their craft, and how much influence paddling for pleasure has had on them and on the societies in which they live.
Life on the Edge (DVD)
by The Ontario Visual Heritage Project
The story of Muskoka is one strongly tied to the environment. For centuries, the granite that lies beneath its surface has shaped life on the edge of the Canadian shield. This is the story of those seeking opportunity just beyond the familiar.
Muskoka & Parry Sound
by Thomas McMurray
In 1871 McMurray wrote and published his book The Free Grant Lands of Canada at his Northern Advocate newspaper office in the dusty frontier hamlet of Bracebridge. It was the first book about Muskoka and Parry Sound, and also the first one published in th
Muskoka Resorts: Then & Now
by Andrew Hind and Maria Da Silva
Authors Andrew Hind and Maria DaSilva have captured the essence of Muskoka resorts, the character of their owners and their chequered histories over the past century.
Muskoka's Main Street
by Lee Ann Eckhardt Smith
Muskoka's Main Street describes the road's 150-year history through the eyes of people who designed, built, and travelled it, and who settled along its winding course to carve communities from raw bush.
Northern Steamboats
By Richard Tatley
Steamboats once travelled all of Ontario's navigable waterways - the Great Lakes, the Ottawa River, the Rideau, the Kawarthas, the Muskoka Lakes - but nowhere did they find a greater variety of employment than in the North.
Parry Sound
by Adrian Hayes
Parry Sound, at the mouth of the Seguin River on Georgian Bay, is the gateway to Parry Sound District. The town's economy and society have changed dramatically over the decades, as author Adrian Hayes shows with accurate research and colourful episodes.
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