My Life and Views on Canada, the U.S., the World & the Universe
by Paul Hellyer
This easy reading autobiography by one of Canada’s most engaged political leaders is a welcome key to understanding the man and the nature of public affairs that impact us all. It even clarifies how Hellyer could simultaneously be an Ottawa cabinet minister and Muskoka resort operator.
Bill Grenier wanted his kids to grow up beside a lake so the seasoned aviator did the most obvious thing. He flew over Muskoka until spotting the perfect location and, since 1973, has been closely connected with this District. The author’s adventure-packed life fills this “amazing true story.”
Francis Pegahmagabow was a remarkable aboriginal leader who served his nation in time of war and his people in time of peace—fighting all the way. In wartime he volunteered to be a warrior. In peacetime he had no option.
Reluctant Pioneer provides a brooding sense of adventure and unsentimental realism to deliver a powerful account of pioneer life where tragedies arrive as naturally as rain and where humour resides in irony.
Memoirs of Ontario’s First Aboriginal Lieutenant Governor
by James Bartleman
James Bartleman, Ontario’s first Native lieutenant governor, looks back over seventy years to his childhood and youth. He describes how learning to read at an early age led him to dream dreams, empowering him to serve his country as an ambassador.
A Historical Perspective of the Land, the Holinshead Family and Huntsville
by Shelley Yearley
Huntsville teacher Shelley Yearley, whose family’s farming life in north Muskoka began just two years after Confederation, recounts in her well-researched account of Springfield Farm the saga of pioneer settlement, the evolution of farming practices, development of the farm as a tourist lodge, the role of British “home children” in farm work, and dozens of other down-to-earth aspects of community evolution during a century and a-half.
This deeply researched work by Muskoka historian Richard S. Tatley portrays the career of hard-working visionary Alexander Peter Cockburn who appeared in Muskoka at the opportune time to become a principal driver of the district’s development. A merchant and entrepreneur, Cockburn launched Muskoka’s first steamship, then persevered to expand his Muskoka Lakes Steamships to the largest inland steamer line in North America.
This book celebrates the turbulent career of Dr. Norman Bethune (1890–1939), a brilliant surgeon, campaigner for socialized medicine, and communist. Bethune’s courageous opposition to fascism, as well as his introduction of innovative techniques...
A Paddler’s Perspective of Algonquin Park’s Enduring Mystery
by Geoff Taylor
Author Geoff Taylor’s remarkable story-telling skill is on full display as he dramatically unfolds the well-worn saga of Tom Thomson’s death from a totally different perspective. Two seasoned Algonquin Park guides are fishing on a summer morning when they pull Tom Thomson’s waterlogged corpse from Canoe Lake.
When Redmond Thomas penned these reminiscences in the late 1960s, he was seasoned in life as a lawyer, soldier, newspaper editor, and magistrate. Steeped in the history of Muskoka, he savoured the district's stories and tells them with charming flourish.