Parry Sound by Adrian Hayes
Gateway to Northern Ontario

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Parry Sound, at the mouth of the Seguin River on Georgian Bay, traces its history back to William Beatty Jr. and the purchase of timber rights. From the heyday of lumbering, through mining ventures, the period of Prohibition, the arrival of the railway and the impact of the Great Wars, the unfolding years are all accompanied by an intriguing mixture of colourful personalities, politics and scandal. The story of this growing community has a richness that few Ontario towns can match. Today Parry Sound embraces its entrepreneurial heritage, its hockey history, its commitment to the arts and its place as a popular tourist destination.


About Adrian Hayes

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Author Adrian Hayes began his journalistic career in Parry Sound. This is his third book on the area. A graduate of Parry Sound High School, Adrian Hayes developed an interest in the community’s past while studying for a Bachelor of Arts in history from Laurentian University. In the fall of 1986, just prior to the town’s centennial celebrations, he began writing a column on local history for the Parry Sound North Star while still a student. Parry Sound: Gateway to Northern Ontario is the result of his continuing curiosity about the days of old in his hometown. Hayes received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in journalism from Ryerson Polytechnic Institute in 1991 and accepted his first job as a reporter at the North Star. He has since worked for Orillia Today, The Barrie Examiner and The Uxbridge Times-Journal, and is currently employed by Transcontinental Publishing. He is the author of Pegahmagabow: Legendary Warrior, Forgotten Hero, a biography of former Wasauksing First Nation chief and Aboriginal rights activist Francis Pegahmagabow, a First World War veteran who had been awarded the Military Medal and Two Bars for valour, published in 2002.Adrian Hayes lives in Newmarket, Ontario, where he is president of the Newmarket Historical Society.
Published April 11, 2005 by Natural Heritage. 272 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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