A Magical Place: Toronto Island And Its People by Bill FreemanA Magical Place: Toronto Island And Its People by Bill Freeman

A Magical Place: Toronto Island And Its People

byBill FreemanPhotographed byDavid Laurence

Paperback | January 1, 1999

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Toronto Island occupies a special place in the hearts and minds of Torontonians: a fifteen-minute ferry ride across the harbour takes the visitor to a peaceful crescent of green where willows overhang the water, ducks and geese ply the lagoons, and people stroll the beaches and boardwalk.

Yet despite the idyllic setting, Toronto Island has experienced more than its share of conflict. Over the years, there have been many competing visions that have shaped its complex and colourful history. Today, the island is both a unique public park enjoyed by over a million visitors yearly as well as home to a thriving community on Ward's and Algonquin Islands.

A Magical Place is a celebration of Toronto Island--and islanders--past and present. It highlights important moments in island history and offers an appealing selection of archival and contemporary images.
BILL FREEMAN is an award-winning historian, novelist, and screenwriter. Among his previous publications are Far from Home: Canadians in the First World War, which he co-authored with Richard Nielsen, A Magical Place: Toronto Island and Its People, winner of a Certificate of Commendation from Heritage Toronto in 2000, Casa Loma: Toronto...
Title:A Magical Place: Toronto Island And Its PeopleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9 × 8.25 × 1 inPublished:January 1, 1999Publisher:James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers

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ISBN - 10:1550286706

ISBN - 13:9781550286700

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Table of Contents


The Governor and Island Defences
The Lighthouse
The Duel for Honour
Truly an Island
The Harbour
Boat Tours on Toronto Bay and the Blue Beyond
Sailing the Blue Waters
Toronto Iceboats
William Ward: Island Lifesaver
Ned Hanlan, the Rowing Sensation
Hanlan's Point
Centre Island
An Island of Festivals
Ward's and Algonquin
The Fight for Home and Community
A Special Place to Live

Editorial Reviews

"...illustrated with excellent archival material and brilliant contemporary photographs that capture the island's exquisite beauty and scenic variety. Freeman's text describes the island's often-turbulent development and brings to life the many struggles of its people. This excellent history of 'a magical place' will interest and entertain Torontonians and visitors alike."