Lake of the WoodsMagical, Mysterious Lake of the Woods



Authors: Heather Robinson & Melinda McCracken


By well-known Toronto writer Heather Robertson and the late Melinda McCracken, this lavishly illustrated history begins with the geology of the lake and presents an in-depth look at the region's complex history.


Robertson, for example, provides evidence that, rather than being a heroic adventurer, La Verendrye was in fact a nefarious slave trader, at least partly responsible for more than a century of regional violence.


Also included are chapters on the aboriginal, fur trade, settlement, industry and recreational histories.


The lake's moods and seasons are beautifully captured with superb contemporary photographs, archival paintings and the alluring work of Walter J. Phillips. Maps of the lake and black and white illustrations round out this visually stunning book.




Heather RobertsonAuthors: Heather Robertson & Melinda McCracken


Heather Robertson

Author of Walking into Wilderness and Magical, Mysterious, Lake of the Woods


Author and journalist Heather Robertson has more than a dozen books and hundreds of articles to her name. Among them are her 1983 novel, Willie: A Romance, which won both the Canadian Authors Association Fiction Prize and the Books in Canada Best First Novel Award, and her 1995 biography, Driving Force: The McLaughlin Family and the Age of the Car, which won a National Business Award.


Her 2003 history Magical, Mysterious Lake of the Woods, co-authored with the late Melinda McCracken and published by Heartland Associates, won the Ontario History Society's Fred Landon Award, presented once every three years for the province's best regional history.


A founding member of both the Writers Union of Canada and the Professional Writers Association of Canada, Heather served as the class representative in Robertson vs. Thomson, a successful class action lawsuit over electronic rights for freelance writers.


A native of Winnipeg, Heather has lived for many years in King City, on the Oak Ridges Moraine north of Toronto.


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Awards and Reviews


For longtime residents of "The Lake", this is the best book ever written on Lake of the Woods

Long-time Lake of the Woods resident Agnes Hall



A tribute to a beautiful place and its history. it¹s rare to find a book that combines personal appreciation of a place with a thorough knowledge of its history and its transformation over the centuries. Heather Robertson and Melinda McCracken have combined their love of Lake of the Woods and the area surrounding it with meticulous research into its history. The result is a thoroughly readable and entertaining book that will appeal to a great variety of people.



Readers who have never seen Lake of the Woods will find the book appealing for its presentation of a place and the people who have lived there over the last few thousand years. Readers who regularly vacation around Lake of the Woods will love the book for the depth it provides in a historical grounding, and readers who live on Lake of the Woods will feel their area has been thoroughly understood and appreciated.



The book's authors take [the lake] through to the present day, and it's fascinating right to the last page. Every community should have such a beautifully written and well researched history published, but in the meantime we should be thankful to see Lake of the Woods celebrated in such an elegant form.

Linda Turk ­ Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal


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Purchase Details:

Softcover/Color throughout

176 pp. 11 x 8.5"

$29.95 CDN


ISBN: 1-896150-26-8



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