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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.