Lakeland: Ballad of a Freshwater Country

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Lakeland: Ballad of a Freshwater Country

by Allan Casey, Allan Casey

GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD | January 31, 2011 | Trade Paperback |

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In this wry, sensual, and entertaining journey into the greatest lake country on earth, Allan Casey encounters cottagers, boat captains, marathon swimmers, Aboriginal fishery managers, hermits, and tourists. Through his sharply drawn characters, lively storytelling, and intimate evocation of wild beauty, he celebrates the rich culture and unsung splendor of Canada''s lakeland. Decrying reckless development in a paradise often taken for granted, Casey tempers evangelical outrage with deep compassion. Often humorous, always thought-provoking, Lakeland should find a place in every lakeside cottage, in the corner of every tent.

Nominated for the Saskatchewan Book Award and the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, Lakeland was the recipient of the prestigious Governor General''s Award for Non-Fiction in 2010.

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation. Also available in hardcover.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 0.39 in

Published: January 31, 2011

Publisher: GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 155365885X

ISBN - 13: 9781553658856

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Lakeland: Ballad of a Freshwater Country

by Allan Casey, Allan Casey

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 0.39 in

Published: January 31, 2011

Publisher: GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 155365885X

ISBN - 13: 9781553658856

About the Book

In this wry, sensual, and entertaining journey into the greatest lake country on earth, Allan Casey examines how lakes provide an open door to wilderness for average people, how our deepest relationships with nature may be forged on their shores. It is a tale of hope and threat combined, for our colonization of the lakeshore can diminish the very qualities that draw us there from the city--beauty, purity, simplicity.
Casey encounters cottagers, boat captains, marathon swimmers, Aboriginal fishery managers, hermits, and tourists. Through his sharply drawn characters, lively storytelling, and intimate evocation of wild beauty, he celebrates the rich culture and unsung splendor of lakeland. Decrying reckless development in a paradise often taken for granted, Casey tempers evangelical outrage with deep compassion. Often humorous, always thought-provoking, "Lakeland" should find a place in every lakeside cottage, in the corner of every tent.

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From the chapter The Walleye Factory: Lake Nipissing, Ontario I rarely go fishing anymore. As sport, it is pretty slow. As a means to fill the belly, it is too much work. Still, I am glad to know how to catch a fish-almost a badge of citizenship in this country. It is a knowledge acquired without conscious effort, like language, by anyone who grows up in Lakeland. And I marvel at the power there is in angling to connect people to nature. There is a mythological ripeness to the act of plumbing the unconscious deeps for a meal, feeding the soul and the body at the same time. A taste for fishing cuts through social strata. The poor student fishes below the weir in town. The wealthy industrialist charters a plane for the Far North. But they tie their lures on with the same knot, are hooked into the same primal anticipation. Fishing is an elemental form of sounding the matrix of life on earth, and touches a deep place in the collective unconscious. It is an act of passion. When a man of the Canadian hinterland says, "I love to fish," this may be the most heartfelt truth he can express about himself in casual company. Women, though emotionally more capable, also love to fish. My reserved and elegant neighbour, Ivy, goes out in her Lund skiff every summer, looking like Sophia Loren there in the bow. Kids can hardly be prevented from fishing if there are water, rod, and tackle to be had. David Suzuki devotes much of his recent autobiography to the subject of fishing. He never travels
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Only in Canada: The Proximate Wilderness The Home Place: Emma Lake, Saskatchewan The Grey Wizard: Ajawaan Lake, Saskatchewan The Citizen Ship of Science: Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba Almost the Sea: Bras d''Or Lake, Nova Scotia Finding Lakeland: The Lakes of Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland The Ice Road: Lake Athabasca, Alberta-Saskatchewan Eat the Peach: Lake Okanagan, British Columbia Riding in Boats with Women: Lake of the Woods, Ontario The Walleye Factory: Lake Nipissing, Ontario La Grande Traversée: Lac Saint-Jean, Quebec Into the Lake-Lap of the Mountain: Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta Epilogue: The Home Place Again Notes

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In this wry, sensual, and entertaining journey into the greatest lake country on earth, Allan Casey encounters cottagers, boat captains, marathon swimmers, Aboriginal fishery managers, hermits, and tourists. Through his sharply drawn characters, lively storytelling, and intimate evocation of wild beauty, he celebrates the rich culture and unsung splendor of Canada''s lakeland. Decrying reckless development in a paradise often taken for granted, Casey tempers evangelical outrage with deep compassion. Often humorous, always thought-provoking, Lakeland should find a place in every lakeside cottage, in the corner of every tent.

Nominated for the Saskatchewan Book Award and the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, Lakeland was the recipient of the prestigious Governor General''s Award for Non-Fiction in 2010.

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation. Also available in hardcover.

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 www.smallredcabin.org, a national forum promoting responsible use of private property in natural areas. He lives in Saskatoon, SK.
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