Muskoka's Main Street

150 Years of Courage and Adventure Along the Muskoka Colonization Road

Muskoka's Main Street
by Lee Ann Eckhardt Smith



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The Muskoka Road: this twisting, hilly, bone-jarring route through the "wild lands" of Muskoka and Parry Sound laid the foundation for today's Highway 11. Built with courage and great optimism, the road led to land that broke the hearts and backs of many stalwart pioneers, even as it launched new townships and became one of the most successful of Ontario's colonization roads. 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.

Follow the new website for Muskoka’s Main Street,, which includes an interactive map of the Muskoka Colonization Road.

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Lee Ann Eckhardt Smith, a long-time Muskoka cottager and award-winning writer, has hiked the Muskoka Road, driven and flown over it end to end.


Publisher: Muskoka Books, 2012

Category: Transportation / Communities and locales / Politics and social life

ISBN: 978-0-9864867-5-3

Price: $24.95 CDN

Format: Paperback, 199 pages, 7.5 x 9 in

Features: Dozens of photos & images, original maps, index