Lakeland: Journeys into the Soul of Canada Hardcover – Sep 28 2009
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“…Once I started the book, I could not put it down. Allan Casey’s love of lakes is infectious, and in many ways, it parallels my own. A long-term lover of lakes can see many of the things that professional scientists measure and quantify and can reach very similar conclusions.” --Canadian Geographic
"In prose as crystal clear as the waters of Great Slave Lake, Allan Casey invites us to take a new look at the landscape, and see all of it with fresh eyes." --Wayne Grady, author of The Great Lakes
"Lakeland is closely observed, smart, evocative, and personal. It's natural history writing at its best." --Rick Boychuk, former editor of Canadian Geographic
"Allan Casey peers deep into Canada's lakes and sees himself, a nation, and human nature reflected there. A heartfelt and compelling adventure, Lakeland rings both sweet and true." --Brian Payton, author of The Ice Passage and Shadow of the Bear
"I always wanted to write a book about lakes, and our persisten Canadian love affair with them, but I'm striking it off the list. Allan Casey is a passionate and entertaining writer, and no one could improve upon his exploration of this enigmatic subject." --Jake MacDonald, author of Grizzlyville and Houseboat Chronicles
“Casey wanted to know how other lakes across Canada are faring and to discover the real condition of Lakeland. By visiting 10 lakes across Canada and meeting with ordinary people who live and work on lakes, he gauges the quality of their lives and how the lake has changed over time…the Chapters are eminently readable and they provide a fine beginning place to appreciate lakes we may never visit but whose environmental and economic health is vital to the overall well-being of Lakeland.” --Winnipeg Free Press
"CASEY writes clearly, offering historical and scientific information, and he writes with the heart of a poet." --Chronicle Herald
About the Author
Allan Casey is an award-winning journalist whose writing and photography appear in major magazines and newspapers. He is the co-founder of smallredcabin.org, a national forum promoting responsible use of private property in natural areas. He lives in Saskatoon, SK.
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Ancient glaciers, unique to our country, have blessed us with over thirty million lakes. In this book, Casey writes about lakes in several province, in all four seasons. The journey begins in Saskatchewan, where his family cottage, built in 1960 for $2500, marked him for life - first boat, first outboard motor, first water-skiing. He feels compelled to return to Emma Lake, even as he laments the invasion of "super-size-me" mansions.
In each chapter, the narrative moves from musings on Grey Owl's cabin in Prince Albert National Park to descriptions of a stint aboard a research vessel investigating algae on Lake Winnipeg. From observations on the sea/freshwater lakes and Gaelic traditions of Cape Breton, to Gros Morne's "ponds," teeming with moose and hunters and Europeans who fly over to enjoy the deep inland fjords. From witnessing the bleak silence of Uranium City on the Lake Athabasca winter road and the unique desert biodiversity of Lake Okanagan valley, poised precariously between preservation and development. From glimpses into year-round island life on Lake of the Woods, to a wild boat trip across Lake Nipissing, with its former boom towns caught between filling lodges and appeasing indigenous fishers. From awkward conversations in Lac Saint Jean, where "pure laine" Quebecois families hold street festivals and applaud cross-lake swimmers, to the scenic challenges of Waterton Lakes' extreme heights and extreme weather. After his mother's death, Casey returns to the family cottage, where he arrives at a conflicted resolution about his future on Emma Lake.
Throughout this far-ranging, and at times poetic, book, Casey introduces us to fascinating and quirky "lake people.Read more ›
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There are so many ideas yet to explored about Canada and water and this book opens the doorway.
The author writes with such great insight and economy of style. It really is hard to put this book down once one starts to read the text.
I only hope the author will write another book on other Canadian lakes.
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