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Fergus: A Scottish Town By Birthright

by Pat Mestern Natural Heritage (May 26, 2008)

Ferguss founders, Lowland Scots Adam Fergusson and James Webster, gave all new streets Scottish names, a practice still maintained by the local council.


Dangerous Passage: Issues in the Arctic

by Gerard Kenney Natural Heritage (May 29, 2006)

The story of the opening up of the Northwest Passage and the ensuing potential risks to the Arctic environment and Canadian sovereignty are explored.


Herbie and Friends: Cartoons In Wartime

by Barry D. Rowland Natural Heritage (May 15, 1990)

The favourite cartoon character of Canada's overseas troops during the Second World War, "Herbie" got into some of the most bizarre predicaments imaginable.


Almaguin Chronicles: Memories of the Past

by Astrid Taim Natural Heritage (January 31, 2007)

Almaguin Chronicles explores the relationship between lumbering and settlement in the Parry Sound District the last frontier of this part of Ontario.


Owen Sound: The Port City

by Paul White Natural Heritage (November 15, 2000)

Owen Sound begins with the Native Peoples of the area and moves through pioneer settlement to the creation of a city in north central Ontario.


Worth Travelling Miles to See: Diary of a Survey Trip to Lake Temiskaming, 1886

by A.H. Telfer & Lorene DiCorpo Natural Heritage (May 05, 2004)

In the 1880s the provincial government dispatched land surveyors to explore the northern Ontario hinterland in preparation for settlement.


Grassroots Artisans: Walter Stansell, Dan Sarazin, Henry Taylor

by Barry Lloyd Penhale Natural Heritage (August 15, 1982)

Walter Stansell of Straffordville, Dan Sarazin of Golden Lake, and Henry Taylor of Bancroft did what they had to do to preserve some of Canadas rural history.


Pearls and Pebbles

by Catharine Parr Traill & Elizabeth Thompson Natural Heritage (November 15, 1999)

An unusual book with a lasting charm, with a broad focus ranging from observations on the natural environment to the early settlement of Upper Canada.


When We Both Got to Heaven: James Atkey Among the Anishnabek at Colpoy's Bay

by Mel Atkey & Rev. Maggie McLeod Natural Heritage (October 08, 2002)

James Atkey (18051868) arrived on the shores of Georgian Bay at the time of treaty negotiations between the First Nations people of the area and the colonial government.


Broken Shackles: Old Man Henson From Slavery to Freedom

by Peter Meyler Natural Heritage (January 26, 2007)

First published in 1889 under a pseudonym, this unique book documents the flight to Canada from the perspective of a fugitive slave from Maryland.


The Legacy of John Waldie and Sons: A History of the Victoria Harbour Lumber Company

by Kenneth A. Armson & Marjorie McLeod Natural Heritage (September 30, 2007)

The story of John Waldie, "the second largest lumber operator in Canada," provides insights into the world of the lumber barons and the impact of the industry on Ontario forests.


The Yonge Street Story, 1793-1860: An Account from Letters, Diaries and Newspapers, 1793-1860

by F.R. (Hamish) Berchem Natural Heritage (April 15, 1996)

Handsomely illustrated with the author's drawings, and painstakingly researched, this book captures the not-so-distant days when muddy Yonge Street was the backbone of pioneer Ontario.


See You Next Summer: Postcard Memories of Sparrow Lake

by Bruce McCraw Natural Heritage (July 15, 1998)

Vintage postcards illustrate these stories of an earlier time in Sparrow Lake.


The Frances Smith: Palace Steamer of the Upper Great Lakes, 1867-1896

by Scott L. Cameron & C. Patrick Labadie Natural Heritage (August 26, 2005)

The Frances Smith, the first steamboat to be built in Owen Sound, was the largest and most luxurious vessel to sail the Upper Great Lakes from a Canadian port.


The Scots Kirk: An Oral History of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Scarborough

by Andrew Chadwick, Bruce McCowan & Nancy McCowan Natural Heritage (September 15, 1997)

The history of one of Metro Toronto's most historic churches, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Scarborough, founded in 1818. This publication records the many memorable individuals to fill its pulpits and pews...


Historic Fort York, 1793-1993

by Carl Benn & Henry N.R. Jackman Natural Heritage (June 30, 1993)

Fearing an American invasion, John Graves Simcoe had Fort York built, the first step in the founding of modern Toronto.


Almaguin: A Highland History

by Astrid Taim Natural Heritage (July 15, 1998)

The Almaguin Highlands, an extensive territory covering the Magnetawan River district, is a land rich with waterways and a lively history.


Behind Bars: Inside Ontario's Heritage Gaols

by Ron Brown Natural Heritage (September 08, 2006)

Travel across Ontario and visit Ontarios heritage jails, ranging in size from single cell lockups to massive monuments such as the Kingston Pen and the Don Jail.


Capturing the French River: Images Along One of Canada's Most Famous Waterways, 1910-1927

by Wayne Kelly Natural Heritage (May 25, 2007)

This beautifully illustrated work is designed to delight history and photography buffs as well as canoeing enthusiasts.


An Unstoppable Force: The Scottish Exodus to Canada

by Lucille H. Campey Natural Heritage (May 06, 2008)

In the late eighteenth century, Scottish emigration became an unstoppable force. Campey examines the causes of the exodus and traces the colonizers progress across Canada.


Parry Sound: Gateway to Northern Ontario

by Adrian Hayes Natural Heritage (April 11, 2005)

Parry Sound, Ontario, at the mouth of the Seguin River on Georgian Bay, traces its history back to William Beatty Jr. and the purchase of timber rights.


Remembering the Don 2-Book Bundle: Remembering the Don / Tales of the Don

by Charles Sauriol Natural Heritage (September 19, 2016)

Naturalist Charlies Sauriol shares stories of the bygone days of the Don Valley and the people who lived, worked, and played in Toronto's hidden treasure.


The Real Winnie: A One-of-a-Kind Bear

by Val Shushkewich Natural Heritage (September 12, 2005)

The story of Winnie, the real Canadian bear that captured the heart of Christopher, son of A.A. Milne, is told against the backdrop of the First World War.


The Lochaber Emigrants to Glengarry

by R.B. Fleming Natural Heritage (June 30, 1994)

This book deals with the conditions in Scotland before the 1800 migration, settlement experiences in Glengarry, and the spread of these Scots-Canadians from Glengarry to the American and Canadian wests.


The Canadian Kings of Repertoire: The Story of the Marks Brothers

by Michael V. Taylor Natural Heritage (October 15, 2001)

A phenomenal success on the vaudeville circuit, the Marks Brothers of Christie Lake, Ontario, performed throughout the late nineteenth century and into the 1920s.


My Dearest Wife: The Private and Public Lives of James David Edgar and Matilda Ridout Edgar

by Maud J. McLean & Robert M. Stamp Natural Heritage (August 15, 1998)

The Edgars' lives symbolized the increasing complexity of Toronto society as older generations gradually gave way to a new generation of "outsiders" seeking prominence.


Superior Rendezvous-Place: Fort William in the Canadian Fur Trade

by Jean Morrison Natural Heritage (June 30, 2007)

This lively book encompasses the French predecessors of Fort William, Native Peoples of the time, and the evolution of the fur trade.


Right On, You Got the Elbow Out!: Wartime Memories of the R.C.A.F.

by Ernest F. Monnon Natural Heritage (June 30, 1990)

This book deals with the experiences of an airman, a radio telephone operator, one of the many "ordinary people" who served their country in the Second World War.


Orangeville: The Heart of Dufferin County

by Wayne Townsend Natural Heritage (November 21, 2006)

Founded by two entrepreneurs, Seneca Ketchum and Orange Lawrence, Orangeville has a history well worth exploring.


Bon Echo: The Denison Years

by Mary Savigny Natural Heritage (July 15, 1997)

The story of author/playwright Merrill Denison and his feminist mother Flora MacDonald leads to the creation of today's Bon Echo Park.


Découvrons Notre Patrimoine: Guide des plaques historiques de l'Ontario

by Nicole Andre & Mary Ellen Perkins Natural Heritage (June 30, 1989)

Depuis que le programme de commémoration historique a été inauguré par le gouvernement de l'Ontario en 1956, plus de 1 000 plaques ont été érigées d'un bout à l'autre de la province.


Remembering the Don: A Rare Record of Earlier Times Within the Don River Valley

by Charles Sauriol Natural Heritage (November 15, 1981)

A tribute to the days when there were Mississauga Indians camped along a Don River teeming with salmon, red-coated militia regiments, and courageous pioneers.


Foundations of Faith: Historic Religious Buildings of Ontario

by Violet M. Holroyd Natural Heritage (June 30, 1991)

The Ontario landscape is dotted with places of worship. Behind each lie personal stories of exceptional individuals and historical events.


Growing Up in the Oil Patch

by John Schmidt Natural Heritage (June 30, 1989)

This book chronicles the adventures of a cast of colourful, ambitious people: statesmen, scoundrels, visionaries, and developers, all participants in the growing oil patch!


Winisk: On the Shore of Hudson Bay

by Mildred Young Hubbert Natural Heritage (November 15, 1997)

Prior to a devastating flood on May 16, 1986, the First Nations residents of Winisk had carried on with a traditional lifestyle built largely around hunting and trapping seasons.


In Search of My Father: One Woman's Search for the Father She Never Knew

by Marion Elizabeth Fawkes Natural Heritage (June 30, 1994)

What begins as research into the life of a Boer War veteran who died in the First World War expands to touch on many significant personalities and events in Canadian history.


Travels in the Shining Island: The Story of James Evans and the Invention of the Cree Syllabary Alphabet

by Roger Burford Mason Natural Heritage (November 15, 1996)

A chronicle of the life of Methodist missionary James Evans (1801-1846), who created a Cree alphabet still in use today.


Legends In Their Time: Young Heroes and Victims of Canada

by George Sherwood & Stewart Sherwood Natural Heritage (February 03, 2006)

This book chronicles the early lives of 18 young people who influenced the direction of the history of Canada.


Death in the Queen City: Clara Ford on Trial, 1895

by Patrick Brode Natural Heritage (June 24, 2005)

In 1894, the death by gunshot of 18-year-old Frank Westwood baffled Toronto police until their arrest of a strong-willed woman of colour named Clara Ford.


The Old Log School

by Gavin Hamilton Green Natural Heritage (June 30, 1992)

Gavin Hamilton Green, the well-known proprietor of Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe in Goderich, describes the area's colourful pioneer history.


Ships of Wood and Men of Iron: A Norwegian-Canadian Saga of Exploration in the High Arctic

by Gerard Kenney Natural Heritage (September 12, 2005)

A history of explorations of the Arctic in Canada, beginning with Otto Sverdrups 18981902 Norwegian expedition.


Breakfast at the Hoito: And Other Adventures in the Boreal Heartland

by Charles Wilkins Natural Heritage (November 15, 2001)

This regional classic brings together a collection of stories of northwestern Ontario.


Caledonia: Along the Grand River

by Barbara Martindale Natural Heritage (July 15, 1995)

Intriguing entrepreneurs, town characters and prominent citizens have touched the life of Caledonia, leaving a legacy that is fascinating, sometimes amusing and richly anecdotal.


The Canada Company and the Huron Tract, 1826-1853: Personalities, Profits and Politics

by Robert C. Lee Natural Heritage (August 20, 2004)

The Canada Company was responsible for the opening and settlement of over two million acres of land in Upper Canada, including the land known as the Huron Tract.


English Bloods: In the Backwoods of Muskoka, 1878

by Frederick de la Fosse & Scott D. Shipman Natural Heritage (August 25, 2004)

An illuminating and humorous biographical account of the "English Bloods" - young men sent to learn farming skills in Muskoka in pioneer times.


Tales of the Don

by Charles Sauriol Natural Heritage (November 15, 1984)

From Scout outings in 1920 to pioneer cottaging, the authors long association with the Don makes for fascinating reading in this sequel to Remembering the Don.


Astrid Taim's Almaguin Chronicles 2-Book Bundle: Almaguin / Almaguin Chronicles

by Astrid Taim Natural Heritage (April 04, 2016)

Once considered as a site for a First Nations Reserve in the early 1800s, The Almaguin Highlands are now year-round mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. This 2-book bundle is Astrid Taim's definitive guide to the...


Redpath: The History of a Sugar House

by Richard Feltoe Natural Heritage (August 15, 1991)

Redpath, today a household name for sugar in Canada, has its roots in the story of an enterprising Scots immigrant, John Redpath.


The Lumberjacks

by Donald MacKay Natural Heritage (May 15, 2007)

This is definitive history of lumbering in Canada captures the vitality of the lumber camps and documents the evolution of a major industry.


Under the Sign of the Big Fiddle: The R.S. Williams Family, Manufacturers and Collectors of Musical Instruments

by Ladislav Cselenyi-Granch Natural Heritage (October 15, 1996)

This book describes one of the leading firms in the music industry in Canada in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.