Cameos of 1890s Justice from a Magistrate's Bench Book
by J. Patrick Boyer
While dispensing speedy justice, Muskoka Magistrate James Boyer kept a written record of his cases in a "bench book." Recently discovered by his great-grandson, lawyer J. Patrick Boyer, that record now provides the raw material for Raw Life.
In 1955, Santa moved into Santa's Village, his new summer home at Bracebridge, Muskoka—halfway between the Equator and the North Pole. Since then, millions of children and former children have enjoyed the magic of this special place nestled in the pine…
Muskoka's past and present fuse in McQuarrie's stunning photography, the archival pictures he's unearthed, and the engaging texts by famous Muskokans he's compiled in this hardcover passport to one of Canada's most famous districts.
Muskoka's past and present fuse in McQuarrie's stunning photography, the archival pictures he's unearthed, and the engaging texts by famous Muskokans he's compiled. A perfect passport to one of Canada's most famous districts.
This was the first book published in Muskoka. Printed in 1871 at the Northern Advocate offices in Bracebridge, where its author Thomas McMurray published his weekly newspaper, the book Free Grant Lands of Canada promoted settlement by offering “practical experience of bush farming in the free grant districts of Muskoka and Parry Sound.”
The Story of Beaver Creek Minimum Security Institution
by Charles Stickel
Author Charles Stickel’s memoir of a pioneering Canadian penal institution, the Beaver Creek Minimum Security facility in Muskoka, is aptly named “the inside-out” prison. The guards were unarmed, the fences kept people from straying in rather than inmates escaping – or almost!
Gravenhurst Opera House & Arts Centre: A Muskoka Tradition for 100 Years
by Joe Paul Stratford
The Many Stages of Our Lives impresses upon anyone the astonishing significance and widefelt impact of Gravenhurst's Opera House, a community centre where just about everything except opera took place. In time, even an opera was sung.
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.