Conor Mihell is an adventure travel, lifestyle, and environmental journalist. He writes for magazines and newspapers such as Cottage Life, the Globe & Mail, Canoe & Kayak, and ON Nature, and won a 2010 Northern Lights Award (1st Place, independent journalist-magazine) for travel-writing excellence. He lives in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
The Greatest Lake
Explore the connection between people and places on the rugged shore of Lake Superior, the worldâ€™s largest freshwater lake.
Conor Mihell offers a compelling image of Lake Superiorâ€™s Canadian shore through colourful personality sketches, adventure stories, and environmental accounts. Admire the kitschy decor of lighthouse cottager Maureen Robertson, a 76-year-old who spends six months of the year alone on a remote island; enter the debate over a controversial aggregate quarry in Wawa, Ontario; and learn how the authorâ€™s love affair with the worldâ€™s largest freshwater lake began on quests for a near-mystical, glacier-dropped monolith.
Mihellâ€™s stories build on Lake Superiorâ€™s rich and varied history and support its critical place in Canadian culture. Since the beginning, Lake Superior has been revered for its God-like qualities of power, unpredictability, and a seemingly endless expanse of life-sustaining freshwater. The lakeâ€™s rugged yet fragile nature and hardscrabble characters and outpost communities define rural northwestern Canada. Experience it for yourself in this first collection of stories by one of the regionâ€™s most acclaimed journalists.
Through 16 separate stories, he paints a distinctly Canadian picture of Lake Superiorâ€™s north shore, telling tales of the land and the people who inhabit it.