Kingston and Frontenac County

by Alec Ross

BOSTON MILLS PRESS | October 3, 2012 | Hardcover

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A scenic tour of one of Canada''s most historic and lively regions.

The history and character of Frontenac County have been shaped by its geography -- the numerous rivers and lakes, the farm-friendly limestone bedrock, the granite of the Canadian Shield, which includes the Frontenac Arch, a UNESCO-designated area of extraordinary biological diversity -- and its people.

Also fascinating is the social and economic history of Kingston. French explorers, British Loyalists and later arrivals all helped transform it into a key naval and military base, thriving port and center for shipbuilding and the railroad. The book pays particular attention to Limestone City, home to Sir John A. Macdonald, but it also explores the surrounding towns and villages and the entire county''s wealth of artists, writers and musicians.

This captivating collection of new and archival photographs and essays will delight and inform residents and visitors alike.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 160 pages, 3.54 × 4.72 × 0.28 in

Published: October 3, 2012

Publisher: BOSTON MILLS PRESS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1550465066

ISBN - 13: 9781550465068

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Kingston and Frontenac County

by Alec Ross

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 160 pages, 3.54 × 4.72 × 0.28 in

Published: October 3, 2012

Publisher: BOSTON MILLS PRESS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1550465066

ISBN - 13: 9781550465068

Read from the Book

I have lived in and written about Kingston for more than 20 years, poked around Fronteanc County for just as long, and I have always marvelled at how much they offer in terms of history and culture. Kingston is well known as the home of Fort Henry and Sir John A. Macdonald. It also lays claim to being the birthplace of hockey, and hockey stars such as Kirk Muller, Doug Gilmour, Jayna Hefford and Don Cherry, as well as Canadian music icons such as the Tragically Hip and Sarah Harmer, and the world''s greatest marathon swimmer, Vicki Keith, all hail from here. Yet these facts just scratch the surface. Twenty years from now, no doubt we''ll still be discovering new things about the region, hearing stories that help us understand the place better, seeing changes we might never have imagined. Kingston is a city of 130,000 people located at the east end of Lake Ontario, at the mouths of the St. Lawrence River and the Cataraqui River, the latter a part of the Rideau Canal connecting Kingston with Ottawa, 200 kilometres away. In the past it has been a military centre and naval base, a commercial port and a centre for ship-and locomotive-building. Today it is a government town still anchored, employment-wise, by its military base, CFB Kingston, but also by three major hospitals, two universities, a community college and nine prisons. Kingston is nicknamed the Limestone City because many of its historic buildings are made of the same rock that underlies Lake Ontario and creates level p
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Table of Contents

Contents

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - The Natural Environment
  • Chapter 2 - Kingston - The Limestone City
  • Chapter 3 - Frontenac County - Field, Lakes, Forest and Rock
  • Chapter 4 - Making a Living
  • Chapter 5 - From County Fairs to Rock Concerts
  • Chapter 6 - The Way Forward
  • Bibliography
  • Acknowledgements
  • Index


From the Publisher

A scenic tour of one of Canada''s most historic and lively regions.

The history and character of Frontenac County have been shaped by its geography -- the numerous rivers and lakes, the farm-friendly limestone bedrock, the granite of the Canadian Shield, which includes the Frontenac Arch, a UNESCO-designated area of extraordinary biological diversity -- and its people.

Also fascinating is the social and economic history of Kingston. French explorers, British Loyalists and later arrivals all helped transform it into a key naval and military base, thriving port and center for shipbuilding and the railroad. The book pays particular attention to Limestone City, home to Sir John A. Macdonald, but it also explores the surrounding towns and villages and the entire county''s wealth of artists, writers and musicians.

This captivating collection of new and archival photographs and essays will delight and inform residents and visitors alike.

About the Author

Alec Ross is a journalist and author who has lived in Kingston since 1986. He has written extensively about local business, history and music.

John de Visser''s photographs have been collected in more than 60 books, including Rideau and Thousand Islands. A member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communications. He lives in Cobourg, Ontario.

by Alec Ross and John de Visser, R.C.A.

Editorial Reviews

A richly printed, well-crafted celebration of the area.... [This] lively collection of lovingly reproduced new and archival photographs help[s] make the case that the character of Frontenac County-as mounding towns and villages, with particular attention to Kingston as a local centre-has been shaped by its geography of lakes and rivers, farm-friendly limestone bedrock and the granite of the Canadian Shield. Ross describes the book-one of a series the publisher has planned about Ontario-as, "not a formal history, but there is a lot of history in it." It looks at the geographical, social and economic history of the area, the local creative class and cultural life, and the history of the area''s employers, all spiced with some personal experiences and reflections from Ross. The book also glances to the future, with Ross providing his view of local economic and environmental sustainability.
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