Early Days, Early Ways

by Cecil Porter



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A strategic location on the Muskoka Colonization Road, opening access to major Muskoka Lakes, assured that “McCabe’s Landing,” officially renamed Gravenhurst in 1862, would become pivotal to Ontario’s opening northern frontier. Gravenhurst: Early Days, Early Ways portrays how men and women imbued with pioneering spirit could convert dreams into realities by turning the forested land between Gull Lake and Muskoka Bay into  a vigorous settlement. Author Cecil Porter’s admirable selection of vintage photographs visually portrays social and economic life in an emerging Muskoka community, laying the present town’s foundations.


Publisher: Gravenhurst Book Committee, 2011


Price: $29.99 CDN

Format: Paperback, 176 pages

Features: Index, extensive heritage photographs