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The Free Grant Lands of Canada: Muskoka & Parry Sound

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.


Ghost Stories of the First World War
By Maria Da Silva and Andrew Hind

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 dealth with years of worry and heartbreak, sometimes unable to get over their loss.

Houses of Bark

From the Northwest Territories of Canada as far southeast as Virginia in the United States, tree bark became indispensable to the everyday life of Native 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.

Letters Home
By John Macfie

Letters Home was the result of John Macfie's life-long interst in his father's service in the First World War. Mr. Macfi has drawn together a compelling look at the Great War through the letters of his father and two uncles. The three brothers all served on the Western Front with the First Canadian Infantry Battalion. Two were wonded and teh third, the author's namesake, died in battle. Their letters home provide an intriguing account of one rural Ontario Family's experience as it moves from unbridled entusiasm for the war, to weary cynicism.

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


Early Hockey Years in Parry Sound: The Orr/Crisp Years Part 2 - 1942-1973
By Rick Thomas


Parry Sound Logging Days
By John Macfie

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

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. Ealy vacationer enjoyed a pristine shoreline and an abundance of fish and game.

A Pictorial History of Carling Township

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.

Sons of the Pioneers: Memories of Veterans of the Algonquin Regiment
By John Macfie

Many years ago, John Macfie began recording oral history of his native Parry Sound District. Out of this came two popular books, Parry Sound Logging Days and Tales From Another Time. In 2001, John returned to his tapes to compile this collection of memories of ten men of the district who enlisted in the local regiment in the Second World War. Long out of print, Sons of the Pioneers has now been reprinted with minor updates.

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

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.

That's History: Essays on Parry Sound's Past
By: John Macfie

Up the Great North Road
By: John Macfie

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.

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