There’s little space for your message on a postcard, but that does not mean it can’t convey a lot of information. The scene depicted can itself be worth a thousand words. With Lake of Bays heritage leader Bruce MacLellan’s remarkable collection of century post cards, this is doubly true, as they are enhanced by his rich accounts about the time and place of these cards, those who wrote them, and the culture they convey.
Youthful Memories of Muskoka’s District Town
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.
The Life of Rene M. Caisse, R.N. and the History of Essiac
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.
A Natural History in North America
It’s risky to call any book about canoes “definitive.” But this lavishly illustrated, superbly written, and masterfully designed 370-page work, with its extensive notes, bibliography, and index, comes closer to cleanly shooting those rapids than any other work available today.
Cottage Daze celebrates life at the cottage where the cottage is the main character, and family, friends, pets, and fellow cottagers are the supporting cast.
Past and Present
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.
World War II's "Little Norway" in Toronto and Muskoka
Following the invasion of Norway by Germany in World War II, Canada served as a refuge for the Royal Norwegian Air Force. The RNAF rebuilt itself at “Little Norway,” a flight training camp first located at Toronto, then at Muskoka Airport near Gravenhurst, Ontario. Canadians opened their hearts to the young Norwegian recruits, who had risked their lives in dangerous escapes from their homeland.
Early Days, Early Ways
Known as “The Gateway to Muskoka,” the town of Gravenhurst’s history is replete with larger-than-life personalities, bold initiatives, major setbacks, and all the usual charms and activities of Muskoka District’s vacation economy. This richly illustrated book with dozens of heritage photographs includes local historian Cecil Porter’s charmingly recounted episodes of community development from rawest pioneer times to the devastating fire that destroyed the town’s building, but not its spirit, in 1887.
The Evolution of a Carnegie Library (HARDCOVER)
This story of one Canadian town’s library reveals universal patterns in love for reading and battles for books as librarians, politicians, architects, educators, philanthropists and avid book readers mix it up for more than a century.
A History of Recreation & Sport in Ontario’s Cottage Country, 1860-1945
This book surveys how Muskoka residents and visitors enjoyed the District’s recreational opportunities by focusing “on how people in the past used recreation and sport to enhance their lives.”
In earliest days of Muskoka colonization, the District’s most central place was also its most spectacularly beautiful. Two colonization roads intersected here, just where Muskoka’s most dramatic waterfall plunged a hundred feet down a rock faced chasm.
The people, places, and events of Muskoka District moved poet Sylvia DuVernet to lyrical expression. The songs she fashioned as poetry came from Muskoka itself, and are preserved for posterity in this treasured volume of her work.
150 Years of Courage and Adventure Along the Muskoka Colonization Road
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.
Timiskaming, Nipissing & Abitibi
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.