On a book page, this tab will allow you to add a book to one of your lists.
Please login or register to use this feature.
9781459730489_cover Enlarge Cover View Excerpt
3.5 of 5
3 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $9.99
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
category: History
published: May 2015
ISBN:9781459730489
publisher: Dundurn

The Toronto Carrying Place

Rediscovering Toronto's Most Ancient Trail

by Glenn Turner

reviews: 3
3.5 of 5
3 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $9.99
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
category: History
published: May 2015
ISBN:9781459730489
publisher: Dundurn
Description

2016 Heritage Toronto Book Award — Nominated

Buried beneath Toronto’s streets is a centuries-old trail that was once the road to wealth, adventure, or violent death for thousands of travellers. Now its route lies hidden and forgotten under sidewalks and farmland, though its influence can still be seen.

The Toronto Carrying Place brings Southern Ontario’s most important First Nations trail back to life. Retracing the ancient portage from Lake Ontario to Lake Simcoe, Glenn Turner reveals the dramatic events and extraordinary characters that marked Toronto’s earliest days, and shows how the path played a crucial role in the history of the Wendat (Huron), Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), and Mississauga First Nations. Toronto’s French and English heritage is also explored, and reminders of the Carrying Place are discovered in unlikely places along its forty-five-kilometre route. Many photographs, maps, and reproductions offer both hikers and armchair voyageurs a look at what remains today of this fascinating portage trail, and an insight into how it has affected the growth of the Greater Toronto Area.

About the Author

Glenn Turner is a teacher-librarian with a career spanning three decades. His writing has appeared in numerous magazines including School Libraries in Canada and Preview. His interest in the Toronto Carrying Place trail stretches back to teenage summers on the banks of the Humber. He lives in Ottawa.

Author profile page >
Contributor Notes

Glenn Turner is a teacher-librarian with a career spanning three decades. His writing has appeared in numerous magazines including School Libraries in Canada and Preview. His interest in the Toronto Carrying Place trail stretches back to teenage summers on the banks of the Humber. He lives in Ottawa.

Awards
  • Short-listed, Heritage Toronto Book Award
Editorial Reviews

What makes this book outstanding and unique is the author’s skillful blending of historical fact and research with a personal adventure…

— Renaissance Magazine

The well-worn path no longer can be found and is under sidewalks, farm fields and buildings, but the author has turned back the pages of time and revealed details on the important trade route.

— Sailor Magazine

Turner is an engaging storyteller and this is an idiosyncratic, vivid, and generally informative introduction to the history of this famous trail.

— Ontario History

…very informative and entertaining…the book contains a wealth of information about the trail and the history of people who used it over the centuries…

— Swansea Historical Society Newsletter

Buy this book at:

Buy the e-book:

Reader Reviews

Sign Up or Sign In to add your review or comment.

Loved it!

Glenn Turner’s The Toronto Carrying Place is a charming weave of historical, cultural, geographical, and personal narratives. Turner takes what could have been a simple description of his three-day trek, covering as best as possible the 45-mile long portage route from Lake Ontario to Lake Simcoe, and instead colours his excursion with perfectly selected and researched detail which arise naturally along the journey. This well-crafted narrative leaves the reader feeling he has explored the rich tapestry of the Carrying Place with a charismatic, enlightened companion.

Love the conversational tone!

This book introduced me to a new/old world right on my doorstep. A good read to be savoured and to tempt one into new walking and cycling adventures. Turner's curiosity and passion are infectious. Oh yes, and I learned lots about Ontario's early history too!

Wonderful Book

The book is filled with many historical information which makes you want to keep reading till the last page! It even made me want to go see some of the places mentioned!

Related Blog Posts

User Activity

X
Contacting facebook
Please wait...