The Greatest Lake

Overview

Explore the connection between people and places on the rugged shore of Lake Superior, the world’s largest freshwater lake.

Conor Mihell offers a compelling image of Lake Superior’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 author’s love affair with the world’s largest freshwater lake began on quests for a near-mystical, glacier-dropped monolith.

Mihell’s stories build on Lake Superior’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 lake’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 region’s most acclaimed journalists.

Reviews

Through 16 separate stories, he paints a distinctly Canadian picture of Lake Superior’s north shore, telling tales of the land and the people who inhabit it.

Canadian Geographic

About the Author

Conor Mihell

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014
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Conor Mihell

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.