The Story of the West & Peachey Steam Warping Tugs
by Harry B. Barrett and Clarence F. Coons
A Canadian invention that very few persons have heard of had a profound effect on the pine logging industry during the late 1800s and the early decades of the1900s. The logging of eastern white and red pine in Ontario's Ottawa Valley, the Georgian Bay and
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.
The author's own adventures as a teamster in local lumber camps combine with his stories of early Dorset to present a lively picture of one of first places in the Muskoka-Haliburton region settled by Europeans.
Painter Doug Dunford has devoted many years to capturing on canvas the wooden runabouts of Ontario’s Muskoka region. This volume contains some of his finest work and the magic that can happen when a skilled painter is moved by the work of skilled boatbui
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.
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.”
150 Years of Courage and Adventure Along the Muskoka Colonization Road
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.
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.”
It took challenging decades to build the St. Lawrence Seaway. It took even longer to not build the Georgian Bay Ship Canal – although it's promise was much greater. Muskoka author Ray Love documents this dramatic saga about “Canada’s Abandoned National Dream.”
The 386-kilometer inland waterway between Lake Ontario and Lake Huron took a long time to plan and construct, in many stages. The combination of canals, locks, lakes, and rivers, linking the Bay of Quinte and Port Severn on Georgian Bay, runs along Severn River, the southern boundary of Muskoka District.