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December 2004
10 X 10 inches, 288 pages
38 pages of colour plates, plus scores of black-&-white photographs

ISBN 1894131630
First Edition
Out of print

Life Along the Opeongo Line

The Story of a Colonization Road

Joan Finnigan

A CAREFULLY RESEARCHED AND RICHLY ENTERTAINING social history of this unique Canadian heritage settlement road running from Farrrell's Landing below Renfrew on the Ottawa River to Bark Lake near Barry's Bay in the Algonquin Park region of Ontario. This lavish edition is illustrated with archival and contemporary photographs—134 black & white photos and 45 colour plates. In it, you will find:

  • Awesome accounts of the courage, fortitude, good humour, and boundless spirit that enabled these settlers not only to survive but to thrive in the Canadian wilderness

  • Original diaries of surveyor Hamlet Burritt

  • Crown Land Agent T.P. French's "Tract for Intending Settlers," written to entice immigrants

  • Scores of tales told by descendants of the first settlers, Irish, Scots, Germans, Poles, and Canadiens.

  • Tales by celebrated storytellers of Opeongo legends Alexander MacDonnell, The Last Laird, Archibald McNab, J.R. Booth, Taddy Hagerty, and others, who once lived in such thriving villages and towns as Castleford, Second Chute (Renfrew), Dacre, Esmonde, Clontarf, Brudenell, Balaclava, Rockingham, Mount St. Patrick, Newfoundout, Wilno, and Barry's Bay


    Joan Finnigan

    Author, Photographer

    Joan Finnigan has been at the forefront of Canadian literature and oral history since the 1960s, when Robert Weaver featured her poetry on CBC Radio and the National Film Board produced her Genie award-winning screenplay The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar. She has published thirty books, half of them inspired by the Ottawa Valley, including her ground-breaking, best-selling oral histories, of which several have won prestigious regional awards.

    The daughter of Ottawa Senator hockey legend Frank Finnigan and the mother of three children, Joan Finnigan was born in Ottawa and educated at Lisgar Collegiate, Carleton University, and Queen’s University. She now summers at her log farmhouse on Hambly Lake north of Kingston, Ontario, and winters in Aylmer, Quebec.

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