Lakeland: Ballad of a Freshwater Country
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Lakeland: Ballad of a Freshwater Country

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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 lakela...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published January 31st 2011 by Greystone Books / David Suzuki Foundation
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One Book One Community for 2012 for Waterloo Region. Canadian non-fiction. It was a nice detailed story that touched on one man's journey through several provinces and his outings on Canadian lakes; a topic not covered in many books if any at all. It has major Canadian appeal and his knowledge and insight was delightful throughout the entire book. However it was not my type of read, it was boring and needed some humour to keep the reader enthused. If you like detailed settings this book is for y...more
Sylvie Spraakman
A fun travel read, great information and reflections on water issues, and great stories from interesting people. This author really has a knack for meeting and understanding "locals", and for finding interesting places to go, like driving on an ice highway over Lake Athabasca in winter! At times the writing was cheesy, a bit forced, or over simplified some politics. But I still think it's a worthwhile read for all Canadians, especially while lounging in your chair by a lake!
Eric B. Kennedy
It may not be the quickest paced book, but it weaves a beautiful story that forces you to reconsider how you view Canada. Casey's journeys take him across the country, rediscovering the nation that he calls home. Indeed, he finds that what holds the country together the most profoundly is its essence as 'Lakeland.'

If you're interested in what Canada is and where it might be heading, I'd suggest that Lakeland is well worth a quick read.
Jakey Gee
Valuable material on the journey to finding one's Inner Canadian, yeah. I especially enjoyed the Quebec episode and the insights into 'les autres' . Determined to get hold of some Grey Owl books too - what an priceless scammer!
Sarah Boon
A beautifully written and thoughtful exploration of large lakes across the country, including what they mean to the people now and in the past. Casey makes me want to see these lakes for myself - before they're altered forever.
Great read - As a Canadian living next to water - this book gives you so much food for thought. The future of lakes and the changing Canadian landscape.
Barbara McVeigh
Did you know that:

*Canada has more than three million lakes?

*60% of world's lakes are found in Canada?

Informative, yet romantic, Lakeland paddles through the meaning of lakes in Canada, to Canadians. It's not surprising that this book won the GG. Beautiful images such as "the wavering green minnows moving into the shade under a boat dock like suspended jade pieces" (2), help evoke the lake as "nature's most beautiful landscape feature" (10). Yes, that's from Thoreau.

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Liked the Canadian perspective; there's a lot to think about here. While the info is good, I just didn't find this a gripping read. The style was a little too flowery for me.
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