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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn (June 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550027964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550027969
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The authors state in their introduction that their book is intended as a resource for preserving the legacy of long forgotten communities. They hope that to read this book is to understand the development of Muskoka through the years and to gain insight into its unique character. I think they have succeeded. - Judith Ruan, Muskoka Magazine

This is a great book for the history buff, with lots of notes included for reference.

(Joan Sutter Shelf Life 2008-10-01)

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.

(Kim Good Parry Sound Beacon Star 2008-07-04)

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.

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The authors explore the tragic history of communities whose stars have long since faded, and the people who once lived, loved, and laboured in them.

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What happened to those eighteen early towns found throughout the rural Muskoka wilderness? In "Ghost Towns of Muskoka", co-authors Andre Hind and Maria Da Silva tell the story of these wilderness towns that now are mostly just memories. Filled with history of the people, the communities, and industries of the time, enhanced occasional black-and-white photos of surviving buildings, "Ghost Town of Muskoka" is an informed and informative tribute to the communities who still exists as well as those that had been eventually abandoned. Witness the dreams of the people who dreamed of a better life and the communities that they labored to develop. A wonderful tribute to, and an impressively detailed account of, the people and communities who inhabited the Muskoka wilderness settlements, "Ghost Towns of Muskoka" is a seminal work of history and strongly recommended for academic and community library collections.

Tonya Thul-Theis
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