The Great LakeMistehay Sakahegan - The Great Lake

The Beauty and Treachery of Lake Winnipeg

Author: Frances Russell

Lake Winnipeg is truly, as the Cree called it, Mistehay Sakahegan - ­ The Great Lake. Larger than Lake Ontario, the hub of North America's heartland, Manitoba's great lake helped determine the shape of Canada. And throughout its long history, few have been unaffected by its beauty and its treachery.

This beautifully illustrated book begins with the geology of Manitoba's great lake and traces its fascinating history through the lives and legends of its people, from the first humans to see its enormous glacial ancestor to the thousands who vacation about its shores every year.



Frances RussellAuthor: Frances Russell


Author of Mistehay Sakahegan, also The Canadian Crucible: Manitoba’s Role in Canada’s Great Divide 


Frances Russell was born in Winnipeg and graduated in history and political science from the University of Manitoba. A journalist since 1962, she has covered and commented on politics in three provinces and Ottawa, working for The Winnipeg Tribune, United Press International, The Globe and Mail, The Vancouver Sun and the Winnipeg Free Press.
 She is the author of Mistehay Sakahegan - The Great Lake: The Beauty and The Treachery of Lake Winnipeg, published by Heartland Associates.


It won the Manitoba Historical Society's Margaret McWilliams Award for Popular History in 2000. She is married with one son and makes Winnipeg her home.



Awards and Reviews


WINNER: Margaret McWilliams Award for Popular History, 2000

(Manitoba Book Awards)







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Purchase Details:

 (First Printing - 2000; 2nd Printing and enlarged - 2004

Color throughout

184 pp. 
11 x 8.5"

$26.95 CDN


ISBN: 1-896150-10-1



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