Top 115 Unusual Things to See in Ontario
- Boston Mills Press
- Initial publish date
- May 2012
Paperback / softback
- Publish Date
- May 2012
- List Price
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Featuring 15 New Destinations.
[The author] has the gift of finding lots of things interesting and of them being able to write beautifully about those things.
Chronicle-Journal (Thunder Bay)
Ontario is full of hidden treasures. Down village streets, in city lanes and along quiet country roads lie the province's most unusual sites -- a river that disappears, log cabins in the centre of a major city, even a high-rise privy. All await the curious explorer. In his relentless quest to discover the unusual, Ron Brown has traveled nearly every road in Ontario. This book features 115 of his very best trips.
Thoroughly researched and written in an inviting style, each description offers a fascinating story with background, location and accompanying color photograph. Most places are easy to reach from Ontario's major population centers, but there are a few for more adventurous explorers. Among the all-new locations featured in this edition are:
- Peterborough's canoe museum
- Ontario's longest small-town train station
- A ghost town worth visiting
- Camp 30 and the Battle of Bowmanville
- The Mimico Asylum, with its new lease on life
- The Little Current railway swing bridge
In Top 115 Unusual Things to See in Ontario, existing entries have been updated and all places are now grouped by location (Eastern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario, Central Ontario and Toronto Area, Cottage Country and Northern Ontario). As well, detailed maps pinpoint every location in this engaging, informative book.
About the author
Ron Brown is a freelance travel writer and photographer. He has published twenty books on the visual heritage of Ontario, including The Lake Erie Shore: Ontario's Forgotten South Coast; Behind Bars: Inside Ontario's Heritage Gaols; The Train Doesn't Stop Here Any More: An Illustrated History of Railway Stations in Canada; Ontario's Ghost Town Heritage; and Top 100 Unusual Things to See in Ontario. He is past chair of the Writers Union of Canada, and is active with the Travel Media Association of Canada, Access Copyright, where he sits on the board of directors, and the Book and Periodical Council. He lectures and directs bus tours based on his book topics. He lives in Toronto.
[Review for previous edition:] Most locations are easy to reach from Ontario's major population centres, and a few are for more adventurous explorers.
[Review for previous edition:] [Brown] has the gift of finding lots of things interesting and of them being able to write beautifully about those things.
Chronicle-Journal (Thunder Bay)
The sights stand out for their splendor or quirkiness. Some are natural wonders, others are man-made. They might be tricky to find, or perched so close that you'll wonder how you missed them.... If your holidays are over and the budget is maxed out, the dog days of summer may be a perfect time to go exploring unusual spots close by.
[Review for previous edition:] Few people know more about Ontario's oddities than Toronto-based author Ron Brown...[and] they're almost all here in this new revised edition.
The Toronto Sun
The table of contents alone will make you curious to see such places as Ontario's Taj Mahal.
[Review for previous edition:] We can hope that [Brown's] efforts to celebrate Ontario's past and present wonders will attract a new generation of readers and travellers.
Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal
[Review for previous edition:] [For] travellers who want to stay close to home but still enjoy an adventure.
The Ottawa Citizen
Thoroughly researched and written in an inviting style.
[Review for previous edition:] Brown's books are always interesting and bring to mind adventures.
[Review for previous edition:] With 100 places to see, along with facts, figures, and photos, this would definitely offer a great gift for the traveller who wants to see impressive sights close to home.
[Review for previous edition:] [Brown] collects the very best trips from the most unexpected and surprising sights in the province.
The Sun Times (Owen Sound, ON)
Other titles by Ron Brown
Top 170 Unusual Things to See in Ontario
Ontario's Ghost Town Heritage
Toronto's Lost Villages
Backroads of Ontario
Top 160 Unusual Things to See in Ontario
Canada's World Wonders
Dundurn Railroad 6-Book Bundle
Rails Over the Mountains / Rails to the Atlantic / Rails Across Ontario / and 3 more
Rails Over the Mountains
Exploring the Railway Heritage of Canada's Western Mountains
Top 150 Unusual Things to See in Ontario
Dundurn Railroad 5-Book Bundle
In Search of the Grand Trunk / Rails Across the Prairies / Rails Across Ontario / The Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore / Rails to the Atlantic