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Memories of the Past
by Astrid Taim
The Almaguin Highlands rising high above sea level just north of Muskoka, was once coveted for its majestic white pine and silver birch. This book paints a lively picture of what the area must have been like in the early days, from the lumberjacks to the boatbuilders whose steamers and tugs traversed the waterways.
ISBN 978-1-55002-760-0, 190 pages, paperback
the Trail in Algonquin Park
by Ralph Bice
The Old Man of the Woods, Ralph Bice of Kearney, Ontario,
is an endless source of stories and recollections involving
his beloved Park. His personal experiences, his impressions
and his razor-sharp wit combined with his love of nature
have resulted in the most personable of all Algonquin
ISBN 0-920474-19-5, Size: 6 x 9 paperback, 170 pages. NHB.
The Denison Years
by Mary Savigny
This book documents the era when famous artists,
intellectuals and theatrical personalities visited the
strikingly beautiful Lake Mazinaw area in Ontario's rugged
Land O'Lakes district, both to play and to work.
ISBN 1-896219-30-6, Size: 6 x 9 paperback, 130 pages, NHB.
Island, Lake Muskoka
Remember the Good Old Days
edited by Robert Attfield
Recollections dating back to the early 1900s: food
chilled by blocks of ice cut from the lake; excursions
up the lake on elegant steam boats; and a floating store
that called at the dock every week. More than just a charming,
sometimes poignant, often humorous peek at cottage life
in another era.
ISBN 0-9681452-3-X, Size 6 x 9 paperback, 192 pages.
Peacemaker and Explorer
by Mary Beacock Fryer
Without Champlain's own detailed records, the years 1600 to 1640 in Canada would be almost a mystery. Possibly Canada's first multicultural advocate, he dreamed of creating a new people from French and Aboriginal roots. The explorer's story is an exciting one, as he explored new territory, established alliances and understandings with the Natives, waged war when necessary, and left behind a legend in the New World that lasts to this day.
ISBN 978-1554889402. Size 8 x 8 paperback, 150 pages, Dundurn
The Man Behind the Music
by Johanna Bertin
Revealed for the first time—secrets and stories from the remarkable life of Canada’s first radio and television star!
Illustrated with rare photographs and meticulously researched, this book is an affable, comprehensive narrative interwoven with personal anecdotes from his friends and relatives.
Don Messer's growing-up years, early band years, public life, and family life are intimately examined. Few knew him personally. Most knew him through his music, which even for Don was an all-consuming element. The author relates what Don Messer’s life was like from the moment he first picked up his brother’s violin as a young child.
ISBN 978-0-86492-531-2, Size 6 x 9 paperback, 280 pages, Goose Lane
Jewel of the Bonnechere
book traces the history of Eganville from 1825 to 1991,
when the village celebrated its one hundreth birthday
as an incorporated village.
ISBN 0-919137-23-7, Size 8 1/2 x 11 paperback, 238 pages. A Juniper Book.
In the Backwoods of Muskoka, 1878
by Frederick de la Fosse, Edited by Scott D. Shipman
Farming in the Canadian backwoods in the late 1800s was
a prospect that enticed many young Englishmen to cross
the Atlantic. One such fellow was Frederick de la Fosse,
whose well meaning uncle paid £100 per annum for
his young nephew to serve as a farm pupil in the northern
reaches of Muskoka. Some years later, de la Fosse, under
the pseudonym of Roger Vardon wrote an illuminating and
humorous biographical account of the trials and tribulations
of the English Bloods, the local epithet attached
to these young lads attempting to hone farming skills
never intended to be agricultural. And, in so doing, de
la Fosse chronicles the realities of pioneer life in the
In the original text, published in 1930, a number of names
were changed to conceal identities of the local people.
Editor Scott D. Shipman has spent over eight years in
researching the authentic names and overall background
for this totally new edition of English Bloods. The richly
descriptive text written by the keenly observant and erudite
de la Fosse is complemented by archival visuals and annotations
for todays reader.
ISBN 1-896219-96-9, Size 6 x 9, 256 pages, paperback,
Sailing and Copper-bottomed
Ships and the Emigrant Scots They Carried to Canada, 1774-1855
by Lucille H Campey
By considering the significance of ship design and
size, the author opens a new window on our understanding
of emigrant travel. Instead of concentrating on the extreme
cases of suffering and mishaps, to found in anecdotal
material, Campey's approach is to identify all of the
emigrant sea crossings to Canada made on Aberdeen sailing
1-896219-31-4, Size: 6 x 9 paperback, 209 pages. NHB.
Founding Families of Beckwith Township
by Carol Bennett McCuaig
Did your ancestors pioneer in Beckwith Township between 1816 and 1846? If so, they were among the earliest families in the district. Although few of them were rich in worldly goods we should think of these people as part of an elite group who, through their hard work and vision of a better future, have left us a legacy of which we can be proud. It was they who cleared the land and set up institutions which are valued by us today.
The material in this book is part of a gigantic jigsaw puzzle which has been put together using information gathered from the early censuses, church registers, obituaries, newspaper stories, land records, family notes and diaries, as well as graveyard inscriptions. To this has been added a certain amount of data generously shared by family researchers.
While we cannot pretend to have assembled complete genealogies of the pioneer generation -- that would involve the work of several lifetimes -- we have at least gathered some information which should be of value to their descendants.
Whether you are working on your family tree or merely acknowledging, with justifiable pride, that you are descended from one or more of the founding families of Beckwith, this book was compiled for you!
ISBN 978-0-919137-37-0, 8 1/2" x 11", 200 pages paperback, A Juniper Book.
||Ghost Towns of Muskoka
by Andrew Hind & Maria Da Silva
This book explores the tragic history of a collection of communities from across Muskoka whose stars have long since faded. Today these ghost towns are merely shadows of what they once were. Some have disappeared entirely while others have been reduced to foundations, forlorn buildings, and silent ruins. But this book isn't only about communities that have died. Rather, it is about communities that lived, vibrantly at that, if only for a brief time. It's about the people who longed for a better life; the people who lived, loved, laboured and ultimately died in these small wilderness settlements. And it's about an era of history, those early, heady days of Muskoka settlement when the forests were flooded with loggers and land-hungry settlers.
ISBN 978-1-55002-796-9, 272 pages, paperback, NHB.
Search of Lanark
Carol Bennett, photography by D. W. McCuaig
historical overview of old Lanark county and its towns,
villages and townships. This revised edition contains
160 photos of fine old stone houses, log cabins, churches
and rail fences in one of eastern Ontario's most beautiful
ISBN 0-919137-02-4, Size 8 1/2 x 11 paperback, 119 pages. A Juniper Book.
In Search of the
K & P
Story of the Kingston & Pembroke Railway
by Carol Bennett and D. W. McCuaig
author has recorded the saga of the K & P in this
book. The Trials and tribulations of the promotors,
the hilarious experiences of the passengers, and the
dedication with which the men of the line carried out
their duties, are all remembered here.
ISBN 0-919137-04-0, Size 8 1/2 x 11 paperback, 123 pages, A Juniper Book.
Carol Bennett McCuaig
book chronicles the experiences of women in the history
of Eastern Ontario. Women have played a major role in
the settlement and history of the area, yet until recently
they have been virtually invisible. In local histories
women are conspicuous by their absence yet they were the
backbone of our society.
ISBN 0-919137-34-2, Size 8 1/2 x 11 paperback, 150 pages. A Juniper Book.
of Ontario's Dance Halls and Summer Dance Pavilions.
by Peter Young
Dance!is a nostalgic musical journey, recapturing the unforgettable
music of youth and lasting friendships, the days when
the live mellow sounds of Big Bands wafted through the
air. Throughout the 1920s to the '60s, numerous legendary
entertainers drew thousands of people to the hundreds
of popular dance veues right across Ontario. From the
days of jitney dancing through the introduction of jazz
and the Big Bands era to the sounds of some of Ontario's
best rock groups, people of all ages came to dance and
some to find romance on soft summer nights.
1-896219-02-0, Size 8 x 10, 232 pages soft cover, NHB.
on the Schyan
by Vernon Price
In 1938 Vernon Price took a boat from Deep River across
the Ottawa River to the Depot on the Quebec side where
the Schyan River enters the Ottawa. Hitching a ride on
a tote wagon which delivered supplies to logging camps
the enterprising 22-year old arrived at Willie McCool's
Camp and was taken on. This book is a collection of memories
and photographs of that winter's logging.
ISBN 1-894263-36-7, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 paperback, 88
at French River
and Other Ghostly Sightings
by Terry Boyle
A beautiful, young starlet finds relief from her troubled
Hollywood existence at an inn on the French River in the
1950s. After her tragic death the staff, and some visitors,
see the ethereal blonde in the room Marilyn occupied.
They are convinced she has returned to stay forever. This
inn is just one of the public places where you may see
a spirit. Take a trip with Terry Boyle, well-known historian
and folklorist, who tells the stories behind each place
and explains what he and others actually saw and heard.
ISBN 1-896757-18-9, 6 3/4 x 9 paperback, 192 pages, Polar Bear Press.
Gateway to Northern Ontario
by Adrian Hayes
Parry Sound, at the mouth of the Seguin River on Georgian
Bay, traces its history back to William Beatty Jr. and
the purchase of timber rights. From the heyday of lumbering,
through mining ventures, the period of Prohibition, the
arrival of the railway and the impact of the Great Wars,
the unfolding years are all accompanied by an intriguing
mixture of colourful personalities, politics and scandal.
The story of this growing community has a richness that
few Ontario towns can match. Today Parry Sound embraces
its entrepreneurial heritage, its hockey history, its
commitment to the arts and its place as a popular tourist
ISBN 1-896219-91-8, 6 x 9 paperback, 272 pages,
||Pearls & Pebbles
Catherine Parr Traill
edited by Elizabeth Thompson
Through the eyes of Catherine Parr Traill, the noted
chronicler of pioneer times, we see the life of pioneer
women, the disappearance of the forest, the corresponding
changes in the lives of Native Canadians and the richness
of her natural world.
ISBN 1-896219-59-4, Size: 6 x 9 paperback, 210 pages, NHB.
Canada from Flying Canoes
by S. Bernard Shaw
is the story of the pioneers who photographed Canada
from the air and laid the foundations of our nation. Until
these heroes returned from World War I and ventured
into unexplored territory in primitive flying
boats, only southern stretches of the Dominion and some
waterways had been surveyed and mapped. Their work led
to Canada's current leading role in aerial survey and
remote sensing, and aircraft they specified initiated
Canada's pre-eminent position in aerospace manufacture.
1-894263-42-1, Size 8 1/4 x 9 1/2, 294 pages paperback. GSPH.
||Rebels on the Great Lakes
Confederate Naval Commando Operations Launched from Canada 1863-1864
by John Bell
Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, a myth has persisted that the hijackers entered the U.S. from Canada. This is completely untrue. Nevertheless, there was a time—during the U.S. Civil War—when attacks on America were launched from Canada, but the aggressors were mostly fellow Americans engaged in a secessionist struggle. Among the attacks were three daring naval commando expeditions against a prisoner-of-war camp on Johnson's Island in Lake Erie. This book offers the first full account of naval operations launched from Canada describing forgotten military actions that ultimately had an unexpected impact on North America's future.
ISBN 978-1554889860, Size 6 x 9 paperback, 254 pages, Dundurn.
by Carol Bennett, photography by D. W. McCuaig
This book is as a result of driving all the back
roads of Renfrew County by photographer D. W. McCuaig.
This is neither a guide book nor a history, but an exploration
of the county with snippets of the early history of each
community and township.
ISBN 0-919137-18-0, Size 8 1/2 x 11 paperback, 213 pages. A Juniper Book.
of the Mayflower
by Stephen Weir
Explore the mysterious demise of the stern-wheeler Mayflower
on a stormy night in November. Examine the lives lost,
the survivors and the tragic series of events surrounding
!SBN 0-919431-42-9, Size: 6 x 9 paperback, 160 pages, GSPH.
||The Canadian Iroquois and the Seven Years' War
by D. Peter MacLeod
The participation of the Iroquois of Akwesasne, Kanesetake (Oka), Kahanawake, and Oswegatchie in the Seven Years' War is a long-neglected topic. The consequences of this struggle still shape Canadian history. This book looks at the social and economic impact of the war on both men and women in Canadian Iroquois communities, and provides an enhanced appreciation for both the role of Amerindians in the war itself and their difficult struggle to lead their lives within the unstable geopolitical environment created by European invasion and settlement.
ISBN 978-1554889778, Size 6 x 9 paperback, 247 pages, Dundurn.
Canoe in Canadian Cultures
Edtitors John Jennings, Bruce W. Hodgins
and Doreen Small
The canoe is a symbol unique to Canada. One of the greatest
gifts of First Peoples to all those who came after, the
canoe is Canada's most powerful icon. Included are a collection
of essays by paddling enthusiasts and experts.
ISBN 1-896219-48-9, Size: 6 x 9 paperback, 312 pages, NHB.
Bringing Down Canada's Most Daring Armed Robber.
by Robert Knuckle with Ed Arnold
When Janice Whiteman met her husband Robert at the
airport she was stunned when he was tackled in front
of her by plainclothes police and arrested for armed
Since the day they met, Robert had been leading
a double life; husband and father at home, spectacularly
successful armed robber on the road. In a spree
lasting thrity-three months, in cities, large and
small from Vancouver to Halifax, sometimes two in
one day, for a combined take of over two million
dollars. This is the extraordinary true story of
the most daring criminal in the nation's history:
Canada's Flying Bandit.
ISBN 1-896182-60-7, Size 6 x 9, 260 pages, paperback,
of the Upper Great Lakes 1867-1896
by Scott L. Cameron
A narrative of the steamboat days on Georgian Bay
in the nineteenth century, one which encompasses storm
and shipwreck, violence and death, family antagonisms
and business calamities and national events--including
the Riel uprising of 1870.
1-897045-04-2, Size: 6 x 9 paperback, 265 pages. NHB.
Echo and Beyond
by John Campbell
This book traces the presence of human habitation
on the shores of Mazinaw from its earliest beginnings
to the present, from the aboriginal people who believed
the cliff top to be a sacred place, to the rugged lumbermen
whose zeal cleared out the mighty pine, to the settlers
who struggled to create new lives for their families.
ISBN 1-896219-50-0, Size 6 x 9 paperback, 170 pages. NHB.
Queen's Bush Settlement
by Linda Brown-Kubisch
The Black pioneers who cleared the land and established
the Queen's Bush settlement in that section of unsurveyed
land where present-day Waterloo and Wellington Counties
meet, near Hawkesville, are the focus of this extensively
researched book. Set in the context of the early migration
of Blacks into Upper Canada, this work is a must for historians
1-896219-85-3, Size: 6 x 9 paperback, 340 pages. NHB.
||The Sky's the Limit
by Joyce Spring
The intrepid women bush pilots profiled in this
book have flown from British Columbia to Newfoundland
and Labrador, and in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Their stories are exciting, occasionally funny and always
absorbing. The first woman pilot to be hired by Air
Inuit says, We sure have come a long way and the
ride was an awful lot of fun.
ISBN 1-897045-16-6, Size: 6 x 9 paperback, 182 pages, NHB.
by Adrienne Shadd, Afua Cooper, Karolyn Smardz Frost
This richly illustrated book examines the urban connection
of the clandestine system of secret routes, safe houses
and "conductors." Not only does it trace the
story of the Underground Railroad itself and how people
courageously made the trip north to Canada and freedom,
but it explores what happened to them after they arrived.
And it does so using never-before-published information
on the African-Canadian community of Toronto.
1-896219-86-1, Size: 8 x 8 paperback, 92 pages. NHB.
||The War of 1812
A Guide to Battlefields and Historic Sites
by John Grant and Ray Jones
Some recognize the War of 1812 only for the creation of the "Star-Spangled Banner." Others know it as the momentous fight that defined Canada as a distinct nation. For all, whether or not they realize it, the War of 1812 was a two-and-a-half-year bitterly fought conflict that forged the destiny of North America. Filled with more than 120 colour photographs and archival paintings, the book enables readers to understand the conflict in the context of specific battlefields and relevant sites.
ISBN 978-1-59652-830-7, Size: 8 1/4 x 10 3/4 paperback, 192 pages. Turner Publishing.
||Two Billion Trees and Counting
The Legacy of Edmund Zavitz
by John Bacher
Edmund Zavitz (1875-1968) saved Ontario from increasingly more powerful floods, erosion, and deadly fires. Wastelands were taking over many hectares of once-flourishing farmlands and towns. Sites like the Oak Ridges Moraine were well on their way to becoming a dust bowl—and all because of extensive deforestation. Just a month before Zavitz's death, the one billionth tree was planted by Premier John Robarts. More than another billion trees would follow. Today, the recognition of the ongoing need to plant trees to protect the future continues as the legacy of Edmund Zavitz, the man known as Ontario's "Father of Reforestation."
ISBN 978-145970113, Size: 6 x 9 paperback, 264 pages. NHB.
Carol Bennett, photography by D. W. McCuaig
book is a documentation of the Irish settlement in the
old District of Bathurst (part of modern counties of Carleton,
Lanark and Renfrew), drawing on the history of the nineteenth
century Ireland to explain why the people left their native
land, and how these events affected the Ottawa Valley.
In addition this book profiles a cross-section of the
old families of the area. Invaluable to the genealogist.
ISBN 0-919137-07-5, Size 8 1/2 x 11 paperback, 114 pages.
A Juniper Book.
||Vanished Villages of Elgin
by Jennifer Grainger
Elgin County located on the picturesque north shore of Lake Erie, at one time was home to more than forty once-flourishing villages. These former village settings were the scene of much excitement—shipwrecks, War of 1812 skirmishes, rowdy taverns, eerie hauntings, deafening steam engines thundering on new rail lines, robberies, and even a murder or two. While the area was dominated by the aristocratic colonizer, Colonel Thomas Talbot, these local villages were also settled by United Empire Loyalists fleeing the American Revolution, entrepreneurial town builders and American industrialists, and Scottish, Irish and German immigrants building a new life in the wilderness—all contributors to the development of southwestern Ontario.
ISBN 978-1-55002-812-6, 213 pages, paperback. NHB.
Villages of Middlesex
Once home to over 60 flourishing villages, Middlesex
County, in the heart of south-western Ontario, has a rich
history just waiting to be discovered. The author has
produced a valuable document chronicling the "rise
and fall" of these pioneering settlement--great for
nostalgia buffs, armchair adventurers, genealogists and
curious daytrippers alike.
1-896219-51-9, Size: 6 x 9 paperback, 382 pages. NHB.