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A Trail Called Home Blog

A Trail Called Home: Tree Stories from the Golden Horseshoe is a love letter to the land, written by a Gen X hoser who has been observing trees and their habitats for over twenty-five years.

 

I knew I didn’t want to write a field guide to trees. Field guides don’t really inspire, unless you’ve already been bitten by the botany bug. Besides, the best field guide on the trees of southwestern Ontario has already been written by my friend and colleague Gerry Waldron (Trees of the Carolinian Forest).

 

“The Old Neighbourhood” – we’ve all got one, don’t we? Someplace that we remember fondly, even though we might be looking at it through rose-coloured nostalgia glasses. I only lived at Queen and Spadina for five years, but man, those five years were intense. This is the neighbourhood where Jack Palace, fictional protagonist of my new crime thriller Yard Dog, hangs his head.

It’s always difficult to get everything that you want into a book. In the case of the Second Edition of The Ontario Craft Beer Guide, Robin and I trailed around all over the province in order to taste beer at well over 200 breweries. We revisited the majority of the brewers who were in their second year of operation because we wanted readers to understand that there is a sharp uptick in brewing quality year over year from the point when breweries open.

Ever since visiting and illustrating Toronto’s 100 libraries, my love of public libraries has grown even more. 

As a traveller, a public library is the best place to go!

Now, when I’m travelling outside Toronto to cities near and far, I take time to visit their local libraries. 

Hamilton’s heritage homes and museums teem with anecdotes and stories, vividly conveying the early history of a Steel City fast transforming itself into a knowledge and cultural destination. Here are seven pieces of history I learned from Hamilton curators and museum guides.

 

Three Dundurn titles have been shortlisted for the 2014 Speaker's Book Award, it was announced yesterday.  Richard Feltoe, The Ashes of War: The Fight for Upper Canada, August 1814-March 1815; Steve Paikin, Paikin and the Premiers; and Peter Unwin, Canadian Folk; are

Each of the places I have called home in Ontario are near and dear to my heart, filled with fond memories, and happen to be haunted -- not just with my vivid memories of them, but with spirits, ghosts and other unexplainable phenomenon.

It was during a ghost walk in Ottawa that I realized history could indeed come alive with ghostly tales. From the haunted downtown hostel on Nicholas Street that used to be the Carleton County jail to the Museum of Nature whose ghosts have a direct effect on the high turnover of security guards, Ottawa has its fair share of both ghosts and history.

Dundurn is thrilled to announce that The Chinese in Toronto from 1878  by Arlene Chan and Laura Secord: Heroine of the War of 1812 by Peggy Dymond Leavey have both been nominated for the 2013 Speaker’s Book Award. Sponsored by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, the Speaker’s Book Award “recognizes works by Ontario authors reflecting the diverse culture and rich histo

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Dundurn Staffers Celebrate Ontario and OAC

Posted on July 5 by caitlyn

Continuing on our 50th anniversary theme for the Ontario Arts Council, some of the staff here at Dundurn have shared their favourite Ontario memories, things to do and authors:

Anoja – Intern

Toronto is the best part of Ontario

A retreat into the woods is only an hour away in Ontario...

The memories, like the corners of my mind are the best parts of Ontario

Watching a bear majestically running across a field is a sweet memory of Ontario

 

Synora – Inside Sales

It’s the Ontario Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary this year, and in honour of that some of our Ontario authors have written in with their favourite Ontario memories, places, and things to do.

 

Cindy Watson – Out of Darkness: the Jeff Healey Story