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The Toronto Carrying Place: rediscovering Toronto's most ancient trail
by Glenn Turner (Dundurn, 2015)

During a three-day walk, the author explores the history, survival and importance of the ancient Native trail from Toronto to Lake Simcoe .

Descriptive copy
The Toronto Carrying Place links Southern Ontario’s romantic past with its bustling present by retracing the route of the centuries-old portage from Lake Ontario to Lake Simcoe. World-famous in its day, this was the road to glory, riches and often violent death for thousands of travellers. In the footsteps of First Nations traders and warriors, colonial officials and coureurs des bois, author Glenn Turner reveals the dramatic events and extraordinary people associated with the Carrying Place, and shows how the footpath has survived to influence today’s Toronto and GTA. Part travelogue and part local history, The Toronto Carrying Place is generously illustrated with photographs, maps and reproductions offering the armchair voyageur a good sense of the heritage and allure of Canada’s most densely populated region.

Shelving (suggested)
Local interest
Canadian history
Native studies
Literary travel

Library cataloguing 
971.3541 (according to Library & Archives Canada, but Glenn would have put it in at 917.13541)

Softcover, 8.5" x 8.5", 75 colour and b&w illustrations (original photos and reproductions of prints, paintings and photos)

Table of contents
List of maps
One: Trails and Portages
Two: The Mouth of the Humber
Three: The Carrying Place
Four: Rousseau House to Teiaiagon
Five: Through City Streets from Dundas to Steeles
Six: Town and Country from Woodbridge to Nobleton
Seven: “In the parts north of Toronto…”
Eight: Trail’s End
Nine: Leaving the Trail
Appendix: Walking the Carrying Place
About the Author

Selling points
Publication in 2015 will coincide with three events in the summer of 2015 focusing attention on Toronto’s history:
· Four hundredth anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s visit to Huronia
· Four hundredth anniversary of Étienne Brûlé’s trip down the Carrying Place
· 2015 Pan Am Games

The provincial government and several private groups have already announced plans for festivals, historical re-enactments and other events to mark four centuries of French presence in Ontario, some of them to be held in conjunction with the Pan Am Games.The most visible of the 2015 events will likely be the re-enactment of Brûlé’s trip from Huronia to the mouth of the Humber River, following as closely as possible the route of the Toronto Carrying Place. The three-day re-enactment has already begun to attract interest and will be an important news story in the GTA in mid-September, 2015. The Mississaugas of the New Credit plan on highlighting Toronto’s Native heritage throughout the high-visibility Pan Am Games. This cluster of events in the summer of 2015 will put Toronto’s early history on centre stage and create an atmosphere which will benefit The Toronto Carrying Place.

Benefits to readers
Readers of The Toronto Carrying Place will be able to:
· See what remains of the trail after two hundred years
· Experience the sights, sounds and smells of walking the trail, two hundred years ago
· Understand how the Carrying Place has affected the growth of Toronto and the GTA
· Appreciate Southern Ontario’s Native heritage
· Meet the characters–some admirable, some not–who walked the trail
· Discover the GTA at its friendliest (ex. Bloor West Village) and most scenic (ex. the Humber Valley)
· Walk portions (or all) of the Carrying Place for themselves

Glenn Turner is so fond of the GTA and its history that he sometimes thinks of this book as a love letter to Toronto. It features some of the best things about the city and its surroundings – pubs, the TRCA, Gwendolyn MacEwen, Italian-Canadians, beautiful landscapes and more – all tied together by a faint footpath through the woods. Glenn is an experienced public speaker, and looks forward to talking to lots of people about the Toronto Carrying Place in the summer of 2015. For more information, visit

Talks, interviews and book signings
Glenn will be available for talks, interviews and book signings throughout the fall and winter of 2015. Please contact him at to book a date. 

Et en français?
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