Exploring Manitoulin / Edition 1

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Named for the Great Spirit of native belief, Manitoulin is the world's largest island in a freshwater lake - large enough to contain more than eighty lakes of its own. Manitoulin's scenic natural delights and long, fascinating history attract thousands of visitors annually from around the world.

Shelley Pearen's family settled on the island in 1864. For nearly three decades she has been gathering information about its history and lore. First published in 1992, Exploring Manitoulin is intended for both the island-born "Haweater" (it is believed early pioneers were once saved from starvation by eating the berries of the hawthorn tree) who wants learn more and the visitor who wants to discover the real Manitoulin. The book is organized around five automobile tours of the island, with a sixth section describing the approach to the island from the north. Along each route, Pearen writes about the history of the settlements, the people who lived and worked there, and the land around them.

The third edition of Exploring Manitoulin has been completely updated to include two new provincial parks created on the island in the last decade, new hiking trails, museums, and attractions, and a number of unique activities and events often missed by visitors. Two entirely new chapters have been added as well, outlining the history of touring and tourism on Manitoulin and describing the pow wow as an introduction to native culture. Designed to be read before, during, and after touring, as well as by the armchair traveller, this is a book for anyone interested in Manitoulin Island's past, present, and future.

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Editorial Reviews

Bonnie Kogos

'One of my favorite persons on Manitoulin, author Shelley Pearen has revised and expanded her popular book Exploring Manitoulin. ... Exploring is the name of the game here. Around every bend is a surprise.'

The Manitoulin Expositor

'Exploring Manitoulin promises revelations for both those who believe they know the Island as well as first time visitors. It is a book every local resident should have on their coffee table, available for summer visitors or as simply a good winter read.'

Susan Ash

'Pearen has an easy, conversational writing style, and a way of making the early settlements come to life. Anyone who has visited or lived on Manitoulin Island will enjoy this book.'

From the Publisher

'Exploring Manitoulin promises revelations for both those who believe they know the Island as well as first time visitors. It is a book every local resident should have on their coffee table, available for summer visitors or as simply a good winter read.'

For residents or visitors, Pearen describes various features and the history of the island in Lake Huron, the world's largest island in a freshwater lake. Then she sets out four tours, of the north coast, the south, the eastern bays, and Mindemoya Lake. Earlier editions appeared in 1992 and 1996. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802084613
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 6/30/2001
  • Edition description: Third edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Shelley J. Pearen is an Ottawa writer who has prepared guides to a number of locations in Canada and the United States and a genealogist with deep roots on Manitoulin Island.
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