Andrew Hind is the co-authors of Strange Events of Ontario with Maria Da Silva. Andrew is a local history columnist and has written on history and travel for a number of regional and international publications.
Since the 1880s, people have travelled to Muskoka in search of solace and relaxation, enjoying the comfortable confines and warm hospitality of resorts while at the same time reveling in the tranquil wilderness and refreshing lakes. Things havenâ€™t really changed all that much over the past century. Vacationers might access Muskoka faster today, and upon arrival find the available luxuries much more impressive, but the allure remains the same as when the tourism industry first exploded on the Muskoka scene. This northern playground grew in popularity during the 20th century. Hollywood stars, business tycoons, and celebrities from all walks of life soaked up everything the area offered. This storied past of carefree summers and timeless hospitality is the focus of Muskoka Resorts. Twenty classic resorts are explored, some of which are thriving today, such as Windermere House and Deerhurst, while others such as Limberlost and Bigwin Inn are long gone, though fondly remembered.
"The history of Muskoka comes to life in this book, and the dozen resorts that defined the region, and made it a most sought-after tourist mecca."
"The books writing style is both whimsical and descriptive, attempting a delicate balance between history and storytelling."
Authors Andrew Hind and Maria DaSilva have captured the essence of Muskoka resorts, the character of their owners and their chequered histories over the past century.
An entertaining account of enterprising owners, affluent guests, tireless staff... and of leisurely summer days. It's an enjoyable and nostalgic journey for anyone who loves Muskoka.
Maria Da Silva is the co-author of Strange Events of Ontario. with Andrew Hind. Maria is a contributor to the Muskoka Sun and North Bay Sideroads. They live in Bradford, Ontario.