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New Recent Reads Book Reviews

THE PORT HOLE

Reviewed by: R. John Garside, AP

Carving the Western Path
Author: R.G. Harvey
Pages: 236
Published: 1998
Publisher: Heritage House
ISBN: 978-1-895811-62-9

The Island of Canada
Author: Victor Suthren
Pages: 362
Published: 2009
Publisher: Thomas Allen Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-88762-406-3

Toxic Waters
Author: David G. Ferguson
Pages: 248
Published: 2016
Publisher: North Channel Novels
ISBN: 978-0-9939522-0-3

On a recent vacation to British Columbia I had
the pleasure of driving from Ontario in this
very beautiful western province of amazing
contrasts and features. On my return trip to
Ontario I began at Prince Rupert on the north
west coast and travelled down the vast plateau
occupying the centre of the province. It was my
first time visiting this area and I was amazed at
the number of towns and the network or roads
and railways.
On a stop in Quesnel the local museum was
full of interesting books and this is where I picked
up this book. Once back in Ontario I sat down to
read about the opening of B.C.'s interior and it was
quite a revelation! Of course it all starts with the
discovery of gold and that brings a huge number of
people into the area and all of these people need
to be fed and supplied with tools, lumber, and various other items. The book carefully illustrates each
step of the development starting with the waterways and ending with the duel between the roads
and the railways. I was quite amused at how blatant the railways were at the time, often building
their tracks right over an existing road!
Each mode of transport is well described and
there is a very good selection of maps and other
illustrations to show the reader the path being
taken. There is also a whole series of period photographs showing the actual ferryboats, wagons
and railways that were used showing how dangerous travel at that time could be. I particularly
liked the railway shots as many of the lines seem
to be just carved out of the side of the mountain!
The book also points out how the politics of the
time influenced not only the routes but also the
development of the towns and the overall economic network of the region. A network that is
fascinating to travel and explore.

The title was the first thing that caught my eye,
that Canada might be considered an island was
an interesting suggestion so I bought the book
and began my read. I was not disappointed.
The book is really a fascinating look at how the
various water bodies surrounding and, within our
country, have shaped our history and development of the people and vessels found within the
various rivers, lakes and oceans.
It begins with the far past and how the First Nations People moved about the land and used the
waterways to move their trade goods and products. Their knowledge of the interior was quite extensive and based often only on memory as they
did not have any maps or charts. Then along came
the Europeans who often befriended their First Nation contact and began to explore the country and
generate the very first image of the interior. These
images are quite accurate and in each and every
one of them, the waterways are featured as the key
mode of travel into this new land.
The author takes you on a time journey from
the far past and looks at each major waterway of
the country and illustrates how it helps or hinders
development. Today many of these waterways
are still in use and the amount of commercial
traffic on them is quite significant. In fact in some
cases new waterways are still being explored as
the Arctic ice retreats and opens up the North
West Passage to new vessel traffic, both commercial and recreational.
The author points out that as a nation we have
the longest coastline in the world and water has
been a very essential part of our history, not only in
the past but also for the future. Something that we
all should take note of.

For those of you who cruise the waters of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron this book should certainly be on your bookshelf. It came to me directly
via Canada Post from the author who just happens to be a CPS-ECP member. The striking cover
caught my attention and on the weekend I sat
down to begin my read. I was not disappointed.
The book is a work of fiction that draws on
the professional experiences of the author as a
conservation officer working in the province of
Ontario. The book explores the events surrounding a toxic waste company that is not always operating above the law. The main characters are all
quite real and I felt as I was reading along that I
actually knew some of them. The location of the
action was also very real as it takes place on and
in the waters of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron on
which I have boated for many years.
The author gets into some very interesting details of the shipping on the Great Lakes and in
particular, the towing of barges by tugs. In addition to this his understanding of the nature of
pleasure boating on these waters adds a great
deal of interest and local colour.
The plot is most interesting and incorporates
many of the frustrating things that come to
plague boaters on the water. In particular I enjoyed the VHF Radio parts that illustrate the need
for everyone operating a radio to know what they
are doing and why it is so important to be listening to Channel 16. Though this is a work of fiction
I enjoyed the plot twists and turns and then sat
down a second time to read the book over again
with my Georgian Bay Chart #2201 at my side
and was amazed at how many rocks and shoals
there really are out there!

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting October 2017

Vantage Point: First Time Charter Vacation
Club Profile: Beaconsfield Yacht Club
Travel Destination: Cowichan Bay
Boatbuilder Profile: A Trip to Iconic Italian Yachtbuilder Riva and Lake Como
Charter Destination: Our Top 5 Caribbean Destinations
The Port Hole
Charter Destination: Antigua; A Beam Reach for Paradise
Sail Review: Elan GT5
Power Review: Jeanneau Leader 10.5
Crossing The Line: Boatonomics for 2018
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