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A Traveller's History of Canada

A Traveller's History of Canada

by Robert Bothwell

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 220 PAGES

A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a timeline. (CND82, $14.99)

Eyewitness Top Ten Toronto

Eyewitness Top Ten Toronto

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Toronto. (CND212, $14.00)

Moon Ontario

Moon Ontario

by Carolyn B. Heller

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 375 PAGES

With excellent, in-depth coverage of the cultural hub of Toronto, the Niagara and Great Lakes regions and Canada's capital Ottowa. (CND409, $19.99)

Toronto Map

Toronto Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2006
  • MAP

A map of the city center of Toronto. (CND88, $8.95)

 
Algonquin Provincial Park Canoe Routes

Algonquin Provincial Park Canoe Routes


by ITMB

  • 2009
  • MAP

About the size of Belgium, this preserve of lakes scattered across the Great Canadian Shield, consists of dozens of canoe routes, hiking trails, and camping sites in a spectacular, protected environment. With the park and its attractions on one side, and the mostly unused southern portion on the reverse. (CND344, $14.95)

Ontario Map


by Map Art Maps

  • MAP

A folded travel map of the province at a scale of 1:750,000. (CND226, $4.95)

Fodor's Toronto, With Niagara Falls & the Niagara Wine Region

Fodor's Toronto, With Niagara Falls & the Niagara Wine Region


by Fodor's Travel Publications

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

This practical guide in the popular series is packed with insider information in an easy-to-use format. (CND307, $19.99)

Inventing Niagara

Inventing Niagara


by Ginger Strand

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A witty, well-researched tale of the transformation of a natural wonder into an engineering feat, spectacle and monument. (CND302, $16.00)

Pandora's Locks, The Opening of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway

Pandora's Locks, The Opening of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway


by Jeff Alexander

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 431 PAGES

This detailed history of the St. Lawrence Seaway, which opened in 1959, focuses on the engineering feat's often devastating environmental effects. (CND390, $19.95)

Why I Hate Canadians

Why I Hate Canadians


by Will Ferguson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 305 PAGES

This is the tenth anniversary edition of Ferguson's wickedly astute cultural salvo, the collection of humorous essays that launched his career. As you might guess, the title is tongue-in-cheek. (CND154, $15.95)

The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson, An Introduction


by Anne Newlands

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 64 PAGES

A slim, accessible introduction to the art and times of the famous Canadian landscape painters, eight men who revolutionized Canadian approaches to art and wilderness in the early 20th century. (CND142, $14.95)

Unbuilt Toronto, More of the City That Might Have Been


by Mark Osbaldeston

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER

With 150 photographs, maps, and illustrations, Unbuilt Toronto tracks the origins and fates of some of the city's most interesting planning, transit, and architectural "what-ifs." (CND393, $26.99)

Lives of Girls and Women

Lives of Girls and Women


by Alice Munro

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Munro's only novel, a heartfelt and insightful story of a young girl's coming-of-age on a fox farm in Ontario. (CND215, $15.95)

No Great Mischief

No Great Mischief


by Alistair MacLeod

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A novel covering 200 years in the history of a family of Scottish immigrants living in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. MacLeod creates a modern saga of the immigrant experience, familial bonds and life in coastal Canada. (CND48, $15.95)

The Blind Assassin

The Blind Assassin


by Margaret Atwood

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

Winner of the Booker Prize in 2000, this hauntingly beautiful novel interweaves two disparate strands: one, a murder mystery set in Toronto at the close of WWII; the other, the text of the murdered woman's science fiction novel, which may hold a clue to her death. (CND139, $16.00)

The Deptford Trilogy

The Deptford Trilogy


by Robertson Davies

  • LITERATURE
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 832 PAGES

An omnibus edition of Fifth Business (1970), The Manticore (1972) and World of Wonders (1975). Noteworthy for their faultless prose, memorable characters and trenchant humor, these novels follow the fate of three youths in Ontario. (CND223, $25.00)

The View from Castle Rock

The View from Castle Rock


by Alice Munro

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 349 PAGES

Munro reimagines her own history in these 10 interconnected and luminous stories of her ancestors in Laidlaw, Scotland and far-flung family in Huron, Ontario and Joliet, Illinois. (CND319, $15.95)

The Great Lakes

The Great Lakes


by Wayne Grady

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Wayne Grady showcases the nature and ecology of the Great Lakes, hub of industry and agriculture and home to 40 million people, in this illustrated portrait of the region, including its geological formation, conservation challenges, forests and resources. With hundreds of color photographs and illustrations by Emily Damstra. (GLK43, $29.95)

Ontario Wildlife

Ontario Wildlife


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PLASTIC CARD

A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered wildlife in Ontario. (CND284, $8.95)

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