Toronto Island occupies a special place in the hearts and minds of Torontonians: a fifteen-minute ferry ride across the harbour takes the visitor to a peaceful crescent of green where willows overhang the water, ducks and geese ply the lagoons, and people stroll the beaches and boardwalk.
Yet despite the idyllic setting, Toronto Island has experienced more than its share of conflict. Over the years, there have been many competing visions that have shaped its complex and colourful history. Today, the island is both a unique public park enjoyed by over a million visitors yearly as well as home to a thriving community on Ward's and Algonquin Islands.
A Magical Place is a celebration of Toronto Island--and islanders--past and present. It highlights important moments in island history and offers an appealing selection of archival and contemporary images.
About the authors
Bill Freeman is an award-winning author who has written historical fiction for young adults, film scripts, documentaries, theatrical plays, educational videos, and non-fiction books. He specializes in writing about Canada and the Canadian experience.
In the 1960s and '70s Bill lived, worked, and studied in Hamilton. The play Glory Days is part of his exploration of the life of the city and its fascinating history. Bill is perhaps best known as the author of novels for young adults set in Canada in the latter part of the nineteenth century called the Bains Series. He is also well known for his books of popular history. His most recent work, Hamilton: A Peopleâ??s History, surveys the cityâ??s often turbulent history. Many of his books have received high critical acclaim and a number of awards. In recent years Bill has worked in the film industry as a writer and historical consultant. He has been on the creative team of many film projects as writer, narrator, and consultant. The projects include a science series for high school students and Mighty Machines II, a made-for-television project for preschool children. Bill Freeman lives on Toronto Island with his partner Paulette.
"...illustrated with excellent archival material and brilliant contemporary photographs that capture the island's exquisite beauty and scenic variety. Freeman's text describes the island's often-turbulent development and brings to life the many struggles of its people. This excellent history of 'a magical place' will interest and entertain Torontonians and visitors alike."
Canadian Book Review Annual
Other titles by Bill Freeman
Politics and Participation in Canada
The Mafia, the Media and the Party Machine
The New Urban Agenda
The Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
Canada's Fairy-Tale Castle and Its Owner, Sir Henry Pellatt
A Play and History of the '46 Stelco Strike
Hamilton: A People's History
A People's History
A People's History