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The Free Grant Lands of Canada: Muskoka & Parry Sound
$14.00

In 1871, McMurray wrote and published his book The Free Grant Lands of Canada at his Northern Advocate newspaper office in the dusty frontier hamlet of Bracebridge. It was the first book about Muskoka and Parry Sound, and also the first one published in the region.

Parry Sound Directory, 1898-1899
$5.00

In reprinting the PARRY SOUND DIRECTORY 1898-1899, the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee hopes it will bring you as much pleasure as the few existing copies have afforded readers.

Ghost Towns of Muskoka
By Andrew Hind & Maria Da Silva
$24.99

Ghost Towns of Muskoka 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 –or spectres- of what they once were. Some have disappeared entirely, having been swallowed by regenerating forests, while others have been reduced to foundations, forlorn buildings, and silent ruins. A few support a handful of inhabitants, but even these towns are wrapped in a ghostly shroud.

Muskoka Resorts: Then and Now
By Andrew Hind & Maria Da Silva
$25.00

Since the 1880s, people have travelled to Muskoka in search of solace and relaxation, enjoying the comfortable confines and warm hospitality of resorts, while at the same time revelling in the tranquil wilderness and refreshing lakes.

This northern playground grew in popularity during the twentieth century, Hollywood stars, business tycoons, and celebrities from all walks of life soaked up everything the area offered. This storied past of carefree summers and timeless hospitality is the focus of Muskoka Resorts. Twelve classic resorts are explored in depth, some of which are still thriving today, such as Windermere House and Deerhurst, while others, such as Wawa Hotel and Elgin House, are long gone, through fondly remembered.

RMS Segwun: Queen of Muskoka
By Andrew Hind & Maria Da Silva
$14.99

The Royal Mail Ship Segwun is the oldest operating steamship in North America, a Muskoka icon, and one of Ontario’s best-known tourist attractions. Built as a paddlewheeler in 1887, the RMS Segwun saw her initial career suspended in the 1950s when the ship ceased operations. Fortunately, she began a new chapter in 1974 when she was lovingly restored and magnificent sightseeing cruises that continue today were initiated.

Cottage Country Ghosts: Ontario Hauntings
By Maria Da Silva & Andrew Hind
$14.95

Cottage Country: a calm, relaxing lakeside retreat for world-weary city folk… or not. Within the forests and along the shores of Ontario’s idyllic vacation playground are whispers of mystery and misfortune that emanate from deep in the past. So the next time you’re enjoying the peace and serenity of the landscape from your deck, watch out – there might be more lurking in the woods than just trees…

Ghost Stories of the First World War
By Maria Da Silva & Andrew Hind
$14.95

A century has passed since the outbreak of the First World War. That tragic, bloody conflict cut short millions of lives - and not all of them rest easy. And it wasn't just young men in the trenches and on the battleships who suffered. At home, their loved ones dealt with years of worry and heartbreak, sometimes unable to get over their loss.

Sounding Thunder: The Stories of Francis Pegahmagabow
By Brian D. McInnes
$24.95

Francis Pegahmagabow (1889-1952), a member of the Ojibwe nation, was born in Shawanaga, Ontario. Enlisting at the onset of the Fist World War, he became the most decorated Canadian Indigenous solider for bravery and the most accomplished sniper in North American military history. After the war, Pegahmagabow settled in Wasauksing, Ontario. He served his community as both chief and councillor and belonged to the Brotherhood of Canadian Indians, an early national Indigenous political organization. Francis proudly served a term as Supreme Chief of the National Indian Government, retiring from office in 1950.

Houses of Bark
$3.95

From the Northwest Territories of Canada as far southeast as Virginia in the United States, tree bark became indispensable to the everyday life of Indegenious peoples. Simple to cut, light to carry, easy to work with, it was used for food, containers, clothing, and canoes. But nothing showed their skill, ingenuity, and inventiveness as the way bark was used to make shelters.

Stokes Beginner’s Guide to Bats
By Kim Williams, Rob Mies, Donald & Lillian Stokes
$13.00

Whether you’re intrigued by the amazing ability of bats to eat over 1,000 insects per hour or want to identify bats, either roosting or in flight, you’ll find everything you need in this easy-to-use guide. The Stokes Beginner’s Guide to Bats is factually, visually, and organizationally superior to any other beginner’s guide.

Bats: National Geographic Kids
By Elizabeth Carney
$4.99

Learn all about bats with National Geographic for kids! Level 2 books (reading independently) are perfect for kids who are ready for longer sentences and more complex vocabulary. New words are defined on the page, but occasional adult help might be welcome.

Early Hockey Years in Parry Sound: Part 1 - 1896-1942
By Rick Thomas
$16.00

“Parry Sound, located on the east shore of the Georgian Bay at the mouth of the Seguin River, is surrounded by large numbers of small lakes and ponds. In earlier times during the winter months there wasn’t much to do but play hockey, so with shovels and hockey equipment in hand, kids would be seen everywhere playing hockey. Fathers and sons would organize a hockey game on one of these frozen surfaces, a local street, or a rink in someone’s backyard.” – Rick Thomas

Ghosts of the Bay: A Guide to the History of Georgian Bay
By Russell Floren & Andrea Gutsche
$29.95

Ghosts of the Bay leads you on an expedition to discover the haunted vestiges of Georgian Bay’s forgotten past – now an eerie world of shipwrecks, abandoned fishing camps, lumber villages, boom towns, and missions. These worn monuments emerge strong with their colourful tales of adventure, scandal and folklore, revealing the lovely and often brutal experience of those who dared to make a life on these shores. Legends and natural history will bring added meaning to the rugged beauty that surrounds you, drawing you deeper into the ancient rhythms of these magnificent waters, this magnificent place.

Parry Sound Logging Days
By John Macfie
$12.00

When I was a boy in the 1930s, there was a general understanding in rural Parry Sound District that the next step in life upon leaving school was to "go to the bush." It had been so since the region was settled in the 1870s. A few radicals in each generation managed to break through to the outside world, but by and large two options were open: stay home on the farm, for whatever livelihood it might yield, or take up the life of a lumberjack. Because country families tended to be large and Parry Sound farms small, there was usually no choice at all for the younger sons.

A Pictorial History of Carling Township: Holidaying, Book No. 1
$5.00

This booklet is the second of a series on specific aspencts of life in Carling Township up to 1950. The photographs used are the earliest ones in Carling Historical and Heritage Committee's possission available on holidaying in Carling Township at the time of printing.

Carling Township has a great many miles of Georgian Bay shoreline and excess of 350 habitable island as well as many inland lakes and rivers. Early vacationer enjoyed a pristine shoreline, and an abundance of fish and game.

A Pictorial History of Carling Township: Homesteading, Book No.1
$5.00

This booklet is the first of a series on specific aspects of life in Carling Township up to 1950. The photographs used are the earliest ones available on each subject at the time of printing. Homesteading in Carling Township was a hard life for most families. The land was mostly good virgin soild, but shallow in many areas when cleared.

The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson: An Introduction
By Anne Newlands
$14.95

Who where the Group of Seven? In The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson, author Anne Newlands explores the ambitions and visions of this unique cast of characters, capturing the cultural and historical realties of their time and bringing to life their artistic response to the Canadian wilderness. Newlands offers us an informative introduction to the lives and work of the artist who have come to symbolize the Canadian spirit.

Still More. . . Parry Sound Stories: Essays on Parry Sound District History
By John Macfie
$19.99

John Macfie was born and raised in rural Parry Sound District in an era when many pioneer loggers and farmers were still living, and telling stories about the past. Thus was John infused with a keen interest in the history of the region. In 1981, he began writing a hisrical column for a Parry Sound newspaper, and later started publishing selected columns in book form. This is the seventh volume in the series.

Up the Great North Road: The Story of an Ontario Colinization Road
By: John Macfie
$24.95

In 1870 the author's great-great Uncle James Macfie, a middle-aged bachelor of Scottish birth, crossed Georgian Bay from Collingwood, Ontario, to fledgling village of Parry Sound where he found work with a crew clearing a wagon road into the hinterland. Ten years later his grandfather Frank Macfie followed his Uncle James up that road, forging the second link in a chain of events that led evenutally to this book.

Butler’s Creek to the Hardscrabble, Including Maple Island and Glenila
Whitestone Historical Society research summary, compiled by Andy Houser
$30.00

Butler’s Creek to the Hardscrabble is a pictorial history of the Great North Road above Dunchurch. It tells a story of the places and the families, some long forgotten, who were part of this once vibrant, and still attractive area. Included is new information and some surprises that challenge the common understanding of the history of the area.

Dunchurch, the Story of Newcombe
Whitestone Historical Society research summary, compiled by Andy Houser
$30.00

Dunchurch, The Story of Newcombe is a pictorial history of the village of Dunchurch. It tells a story of the places and the families, some long forgotten, who were part of this once growing, prosperous community in the heart of Parry Sound District. Included is new information and some surprises that challenge the common understanding of the history of the village.

Whitestone, from Gordon Lake to the Bunny Trail
Whitestone Historical Society research summary, compiled by Andy Houser
$30.00

Whitestone, from Gordon Lake to the Bunny Trail is a pictorial history of the area west of Maple Island along the trails that became Highway 520 and its side roads. It tells a story of the places and the families, some long forgotten, who were part of this once vibrant, and still attractive area. Included is new information and hopefully some surprises that challenge the common understanding of the history of the area.

The Art of Bert Weir
By Lisa Daniels
$43.00

“When it comes to the source of inspiration that gives rise to his art, Bert’s first love is the natural environment. Not so much as a place of worship as of communion. It is here that through an act of poetic invention, the seeming solidity of the world of appearances is recast in a shimmering, vibrating, ecstatic display in his paintings.” – John Inglis

Parry Sound: Two and a Half Decades of Comic Comment
By Elmer Dambergs
Recommended Donation of $5.00

A good, entertaining comic book is based on the lives of a cast of whacky characters. Lucky North Star, Elmer’s bunch met most of the needed requirements.

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