Hidden Ontario: Secrets from Ontario’s Past

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Dundurn, May 30, 2011 - Travel - 288 pages
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Terry Boyle unveils the eccentric and bizarre in these mini-histories of Ontario’s towns and cities: the imposter who ran the Rockwood Asylum in Kingston; Ian Fleming’s inspiration for James Bond; the Prince of Wales’s undignified crossing of Rice Lake; the tragic life of Joseph Brant; the man who advertised his wife’s death before poisoning her; as well as Ontario’s first bullfight and the answer to the question, "Why did so many lumberjacks sport beards?"

The colourful characters, Native legends, and incredible tales that make up our province’s fascinating past come alive in Hidden Ontario. From Bancroft, Baldoon, and Brighton to Timmins, Toronto, and Trenton, find out more about the Ontario you thought you knew.

 

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Contents

Introduction
7
Acton
9
Algonquin Provincial Park
14
Bala
19
The Baldoon Mysteries
24
Bancroft
28
The Bay Monster and the Shadow
33
Belleville
39
Marmora
118
Muskoka
123
Gravenhurst
125
Bracebridge
129
Huntsville
131
North Bay
134
Oshawa
139
Ottawa
146

Brighton
43
Burlington
48
Cobalt
53
Cobourg
57
Cochrane
63
Creemore
66
Curve Lake
69
Gores Landing
74
Holland Landing
79
Ivanhoe
82
Kapuskasing
88
Keene
92
Kingston
99
Lake Superior Sites
106
Lindsay
110
Madoc
114
Parry Sound
153
Pickering
161
Port Hope
165
Port Perry
172
Presquile Provincial Park
177
Sault Ste Marie
179
Scarborough
184
The Ghost of Tom Thomson
189
Timmins
205
Toronto
208
Trenton
215
Whitby
219
Bibliography
225
Index
227
Of Related Interest
238
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Terry Boyle is a Canadian author, lecturer, and teacher who has shared his passion for history and folklore in many books since 1976, including four titles on haunted Ontario. He has hosted television's Creepy Canada and radio's Discover Ontario on Classical 103.1 FM. Boyle lectures and leads haunted tour walks for pleasure. He currently lives near Burk's Falls, Ontario.

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