Lakeland: Journeys into the Soul of Canada

Hardcover | September 28, 2009

byAllan Casey

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More than just a place, Lakeland is a state of mind in this ode to Canada's abundant freshwater systems.

The story begins at Emma Lake, Saskatchewan, site of writer Allan Casey's family cabin, built by his parents in 1960 for $2,500. From there, we embark on a journey through ten of Canada's seldom-celebrated but beautiful and increasingly fragile lakes in this extraordinary piece of writing celebrating one of Canada's iconic natural features.

More than 60 percent of the world's five million lakes are crammed into this one northern country. Endless pure lakes are the defining and unifying symbol of the Canadian landscape, making us the envy of a thirsty world. Casey, an award-winning journalist, takes us on a journey of these lakes, from log cabins to lakeside mansions, from the semi-desert of Okanagan Lake to the ponds of western Newfoundland, and over the language barrier to Lac Saint-Jean, Quebec. Across the sprawling, hard-to-define land called Canada, the language of lakes is spoken. Lakeland, suggests Casey, is a place, a state of mind, and perhaps even a new synonym for Canada. Despite problems of overdevelopment, these lakes remain the heartland of this country, and the place where our relationship with wilderness itself begins. Also available in paperback.

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation.

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More than just a place, Lakeland is a state of mind in this ode to Canada's abundant freshwater systems.The story begins at Emma Lake, Saskatchewan, site of writer Allan Casey's family cabin, built by his parents in 1960 for $2,500. From there, we embark on a journey through ten of Canada's seldom-celebrated but beautiful and increasin...

Allan Casey is a journalist whose writing has won numerous Western Magazine Awards and several National Magazine Award nominations. His writing and photography have appeared in many major Canadian magazines, including Canadian Geographic. He lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1 inPublished:September 28, 2009Publisher:Greystone Books Ltd.Language:English

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“…Once I started the book, I could not put it down.  Allan Casey’s love of lakes is infectious, and in many ways, it parallels my own. A long-term lover of lakes can see many of the things that professional scientists measure and quantify and can reach very similar conclusions.”—Canadian Geographic “Casey wanted to know how other lakes across Canada are faring and to discover the real condition of lakeland. By visiting 10 lakes across Canada and meeting with ordinary people who live and work on lakes, he gauges the quality of their lives and how the lake has changed over time…the chapters are eminently readable and they provide a fine beginning place to appreciate lakes we may never visit but whose environmental and economic health is vital to the overall well-being of Lakeland.”—Winnipeg Free Press "An original, lively, and very enjoyable contribution to the ongoing discussion about the essential nature of our country."—Sharon Butala, author of The Perfection of the Morning "In prose as crystal clear as the waters of Great Slave Lake, Allan Casey invites us to take a new look at the landscape, and see all of it with fresh eyes."—Wayne Grady, author of The Great Lakes "Lakeland is closely observed, smart, evocative, and personal. It's natural history writing at its best."—Rick Boychuk, former editor of Canadian Geographic "Allan Casey peers deep into Canada's lakes and sees himself, a nation, and human nature reflected there. A heartfelt and compelling adventure, Lakeland rings both sweet and true."—Brian Payton, author of The Ice Passage and Shadow of the Bear "I always wanted to write a book about lakes, and our persisten Canadian love affair with them, but I'm striking it off the list. Allan Casey is a passionate and entertaining writer, and no one could improve upon his exploration of this enigmatic subject."—Jake MacDonald, author of Grizzlyville and Houseboat Chronicles