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Ontario's Historic Mills

by (author) George Fischer & Mark Harris

Boston Mills Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2007
Ontario, General, Regional
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2007
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A picturesque journey through 19th century Ontario.

This richly illustrated guide features photographs and detailed descriptions of 70 of Ontario's most remarkable mills. Some were chosen for their fascinating histories, and some for their architectural beauty. All evoke Ontario's charming 19th century past.

Mills are listed alphabetically according to regions of the province. Each listing includes concise travel instructions, a brief history of the mill's use, and a handy sidebar with vital statistics on age, operation, architecture and location.

This colorful and compelling guide is a must for anyone planning to visit Ontario's historic mills, whether in person or from the comfort of their favorite reading chair. Many have been restored or renovated and are destinations for thousands of travelers each year.


About the authors

George Fischer is one of Canada's most renowned and prolific landscape photographers. His unique style has been recognized around the world. He has provided photography and editorial content for promotional literature published by tourist boards and international tour operators. George's work has appeared on the covers of magazines and newspapers worldwide as well as websites and ad campaigns for hundreds of companies. And he has produced more than 65 photographic books. In November 2017, George received the Ontario Tourism Award of Excellence in Photography. Among his major accomplishments is the book, Canada: 150 Panoramas, which was on the best-seller list at Chapters/Indigo and quickly sold out of its first printing. In 2007, Unforgettable Canada was on The Globe and Mail's bestseller list and has sold over 75,000 copies. It is now in its third printing. George is also recognized for his worldwide collection of more than 50 art posters and unique art prints created for various companies, hospitals and private collectors. An avid outdoor adventurer, George has hiked Machu Picchu in Peru and in Bolivia cycled what is dubbed "the world's most dangerous road." He has summited Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Gokyo Ri in the Himalayas and Torres del Paine in Chile. In Iceland, he hiked to raise funds for the Arthritis Society of Canada. And this Toronto Canada resident has now set his sights on canoeing the Nahanni River in the Northwest Territories.

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text by Mark Harris ; photography by George Fisher

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Editorial Reviews

This is the ultimate guide for a mill tour, an excursion that will please the whole family.

The Sault Star

Here is surely everything you ever wanted to know about the very many old mills that were a magnet for settlement in Ontario.

Canadian Camera

Whether you're planning to visit Ontario's historic mills in person or from the comfort of your favourite reading chair, this colourful and compelling guide is a must.

Heritage Matters

Salutes the link between the past and present ... an easy-to-use overview aimed at curious day-trippers.


Combines well-researched text and evocative photos.

The Hamilton Spectator

[This is] a comprehensive and beautifully illustrated guide to the province's most remarkable mills.

Stouffville Free Press

A unique guide to Ontario's mills, both in word and photograph ... Should you not be able to travel to any or all of the mills listed, this beautifully presented book will delight the mind and spirit with its history and color.... The photographs alone are worth the price of the book.

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