Journeys Into the Soul of Canada

Book - 2009
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Lakes define not only Canada's landscape but the national imagination. Blending writing on nature, travel, and science, award-winning journalist Allan Casey systematically explores how the country's history and culture originates at the lakeshore. Lakeland describes a series of interconnected journeys by the author, punctuated by the seasons and the personalities he meets along the way including aboriginal fishery managers, fruit growers, boat captains, cottagers, and scientists. Together they form an evocative portrait of these beloved bodies of water and what they mean, from sapphire tarns above the Rocky Mountain tree line to the ponds of western Newfoundland.
Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, c2009.
ISBN: 9781553653080
Characteristics: xi, 255 p. ;,24 cm.


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Jun 27, 2014

Well written, and an interesting look at lakes and lake life in Canada. Not quite as in-depth as I was expecting, but still an enjoyable read. The author picks several lakes across the country, visits them and then writes about his visit.


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LudditeLord Feb 09, 2011

Nature writer Allan Casey visits 10 lakes, to meet the people who live and work on them, and assess how the lakes have changed over time. The result is a book both passionate about what is being done to the environment and entertaining in its observations about our Canadian society. Especially prominent is the tension between residents and cottagers. One resident wonders "How there got to be so many people who can afford million dollar vacation homes to sleep in 20 nights a year." The theme that binds these visits is that our love of our lakes also endangers them. One local is quoted saying, "Newcomers think it's beautiful here. They don't know how beautiful it used to be".

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