Ghost Towns of Muskoka (Paperback)

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Ghost Towns of Muskoka (Paperback)


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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 a shadow -- or spectre -- 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.

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 whose dreams for a better life these villages represented; the people who lived, loved, laboured, and ultimately died in these small wilderness settlements. And it's about an era in history, those early heady days of Muskoka settlement when the forests were flooded with loggers and land-hungry settlers.

Co-authors Andrew Hind and Maria Da Silva are both from Bradford, Ontario, and have vacationed in the Muskoka District for many years. They share a passion for the area's rich history. Andrew Hind contributes regularly to the Muskokan, Musksoka-Almaguin Sideroads, and Muskoka View. Maria Da Silva writes for The Muskoka Sun and, with Hind, has written often for Muskoka Magazine. They are the authors of Strange Events of Ontario.
Product Details ISBN: 9781550027969
ISBN-10: 1550027964
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Publication Date: June 16th, 2008
Pages: 272
Language: English

"Their stories of hardships faced trying to make a life in the wilds of Muskoka are fascinating enough on their own, but when coupled with actual tangible evidence of their existence, the stories come to life."