Walking Into WildernessWalking Into Wilderness:

The Toronto Carrying Place & Nine Mile Portage


Author: Heather Robertson



This is the sweeping tale of the crucial land and water trails between Lake Ontario and Georgian Bay. Beginning with the region's geological history and early archaeology, author Heather Robertson delves into the history of these much-used trails - about 130 kilometres as the crow flies but nearly twice that distance using the ancient paths and waterways. Here are the stories of the success and ultimate destruction of the Wendat, the coming of the French, the fur trade, the War of 1812, the settlement and railway periods, the transformation of  Holland Marsh and the devastation wrought by Hurricane Hazel.


Within this panorama are beautifully wrought portraits of Etienne Brûlé, the first European to tred on Ontario soil; Father Jean de Brébeuf, martyr to his evangelism; Robert Cavelier de La Salle, North America's ceaseless wanderer; Governor John Graves Simcoe, whose brief tenure left a lasting mark; William Lyon Mackenzie, the City of Toronto's first mayor, and many others.

Robertson clearly demonstrates that what might be seen as regional history is, in fact, the history of Ontario, Canada and North America.



Heather RobertsonAuthor: Heather Robertson

Author of Walking into Wilderness and Magical, Mysterious, Lake of the Woods


AUTHOR and journalist Heather Robertson has more than a dozen books and hundreds of articles to her name. Among them are her 1983 novel, Willie: A Romance, which won both the Canadian Authors Association Fiction Prize and the Books in Canada Best First Novel Award, and her 1995 biography, Driving Force: The McLaughlin Family and the Age of the Car, which won a National Business Award.


Her 2003 history Magical, Mysterious Lake of the Woods, co-authored with the late Melinda McCracken and published by Heartland Associates, won the Ontario History Society's Fred Landon Award, presented once every three years for the province's best regional history.

A founding member of both the Writers Union of Canada and the Professional Writers Association of Canada, Heather served as the class representative in Robertson vs. Thomson, a successful class action lawsuit over electronic rights for freelance writers.

A native of Winnipeg, Heather has lived for many years in King City, on the Oak Ridges Moraine north of Toronto.




WINNER: Fred Landon Award, 2012, Best Book on Regional History – Ontario Historical Society




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224 pp

Full color throughout


ISBN: 978-1-896150-59-8
10 x 8.5


$29.95 US



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