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Canoe Tripping in Algonquin - Then and Now
Three canoe tripping experiences! Over 100 years apart, yet connected in time in so many ways! Check out these insights into how the canoe tripping experience in Algonquin Park has changed and yet not changed at all.(order/details)



Author to help the Tom Thomson Gallery in Owen Sound celebrate the 100th anniversary of the "gathering" of future Group of Seven artist in Algonquin Park in October of 1914.
On August 10, 2014, at 2pm, Clemson will share what life was like in Algonquin Park at that time and what Thomson likely would have experienced including the environmental landscape, the community both on Canoe Lake and other spots along the rail line and most importantly the people and characters that he met, many of whom likely helped him fall in love with Algonquin.

Book signing at the Algonquin Park Visitors Centre on Highway 60 on Saturday August 9th 11am - 3pm
Check back for other times and locations during the summer.

The Brent Run Challenge - Two Women – 16- kilometers – < 24 Hours

Images of canoe tripping in Algonquin Then and Now

Roy MacGregor awarded “Order of Canada”
Roy MacGregor, one of Canada’s most gifted storytellers, fellow Algonquin Park enthusiast and grandson of long-time Chief Park R anger and former Lake of Two Rivers resident, Tom McCormick, has recently been awarded the “Order of Canada”. His literary skill in articulating the powerful influence of cottaging and camping on the Canadian identity is well-renowned.

Cottage Life Magazine, in their winter issue has printed is a wonderful little excerpt from Gertrude Baskerville, The Lady of Algonquin Park, sharing one of Gertie's many experiences feeding the deer in winter.

Clemson acknowledged as an important contributor to York University’s Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History website.

Officially launched in April 2008, with over 100 people attending, of “DEATH ON A PAINTED LAKE: The Thom Thomson Tragedy at the University of Toronto’s Hart House. Not only was the event featured on the CBC Television’s national news, CTV’s Canada AM, CBC Radio One’s “Metro Morning” and ‘Ontario Morning” but print media representatives from Toronto’s Globe and Mail and Toronto Star newspapers were there as well.

As an important ‘Research Partner’ Clemson, provided access to her wide collection of research documents, profiles and stories from key Canoe Lake personages in the early days of the project as well as copies of her group party game The Tom Thomson Murder Mystery Party Game – Who Killed Him? When? How?

For those not familiar, Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History project and its educational website that provides engaging, high-quality materials to schools and universities for the teaching of historical methods and Canadian History. Based on new "document-centred inquiry" and "active learning" pedagogical thinking approaches students can use the developed ‘virtual archives’ to invigorate their research strategy and critical-thinking skills as they try to defend their theories and ‘solve’ old historical crimes. Beginning in 1997 with “Who killed William Robinson, who died in 1868 on Salt Spring Island, BC, the website has grown over the years to include historical information about another 10 “Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History” as well as over 30 mini “Mystery Quests’. The project has won a number of honours and has been reviewed and recommended by numerous organizations, journals, and teachers' organizations.

Unsolved Mysteries Web site Receives Pierre Burton Award

The University of Victoria-based 'Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History' website ( is the 2008 winner of rhe Pierre Berton Award, presented by Canada's National History Society for outstanding work in popularizing Canadian history. It's the latest honour for the popular project that invites students to 'solve' mysteries plucked from Canada's rich history while developing their research skills.

Launched in 1997, with one mystery, the 1868 murder of black settler William Robinson on Saltspring Island, British Columbia, the website has now grown to a dozen bilingual mysterie including “DEATH ON A PAINTED LAKE: The Thom Thomson Tragedy, to which Clemson was a major research contributor. "Setting out to make Canadian history more accessible, more popular more fun, this award suggests that the site has succeeded.

Unsolved Mysteries invites students to sift online through archival photographs, maps, news articles, court testimony and other materials to come to their own conclusions about the mysteries posed by the website. In the process students learn that prevailing attitudes towards race, religion and social structure often influence how justice is served or history preserved. They also discover that Canadian history is exciting, lively and engaging. The website receives 200,000 unique visitors from 50 countries each year.

Phyllis Brett Young's novels now available

Smoke Lake resident, Valerie Young Argue's mother, Phyllis Brett Young(1914-1996), was in the 1960's one of Canada's leading novelists, writing six works of non-fiction to great acclaim. Algonquin Park Heritage is pleased to now make available to Algonquin Park lovers, two of her international best-selling books The Torontonians and Psyche that have been reprinted by McGill-Queen's University Press.

The Torontonians tells the story of how a desperate housewife and her husband renovate a house in the Toronto suburbs then finds herself with everything she'd dreamed of but lacks the happiness she expected. By depicting the uneasy coexistence of four resident populations, Young's bestselling novel touches on consumerism, materialism, the cultural divide between Toronto's city core and its suburbs, and the problems facing living a suburban life - issues that are just as relevant today as they were when originally written 50 years ago.

Psyche, on the other hand, tells the story of a small child who is kidnapped from her life in the Toronto suburbs and grows up in the hostile hills of northern Ontario. Not only does it capture the anguish and powerlessness of the girl's weathy urban mother, but it also provides insight into the abandoned child's remarkable resilience as she finds herself through art, education and psychology.


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