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Eastern Townships: On Lake and River

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larger_dl.10194.jpgThe Eastern Townships : On Lake and River, by Matthew Farfan, is still available.

Published by Les Éditions GID of Quebec City, this long-awaited follow-up to The Eastern Townships : In Town and Village, chronicles the history of Quebec’s Eastern Townships through text and archival photography. Nearly 200 photographs are reproduced in this splendid volume, providing a rare glimpse of life on and around the lakes, ponds, rivers, brooks and waterfalls of the Eastern Townships from about 1860 to 1960.

The Eastern Townships : On Lake and River is a visual journey back in time through a fascinating corner of Quebec. The images presented have been carefully researched, and were selected in large part from the author’s extensive personal collection. Chapters include: A Landscape of Water; A Good Place for a Town; Harnessing the River; Bridges; At Work; Enjoying the Water; Camps and Cottages; Hotels, Inns and Boarding Houses; Pleasure Boating; and All Aboard!

As the author writes in his introduction,

“A country can be shaped as much by its land as by its water. The Eastern Townships are no exception. Each wave of settlement that has influenced the history of the region […] depended upon – and reaped the rewards of – the region’s waterways. Over the last century, the Townships have been the focus of a different kind of invasion: vacationers drawn to the region’s lakes, and cottagers willing to pay an ever increasing premium for lakefront property. At a time when rising demand for lakeside property and environmental threats such as blue algae have brought the region’s waterways to the forefront of our consciousness as never before, it is hoped that this volume will convey something of the part that these diverse bodies of water have played, and continue to play, in the evolution of the Eastern Townships.”

This stunning bilingual book (208 pages, soft-cover) is a must for anyone interested in the history of the Eastern Townships. It is available directly from the author for $34.95 (please add $12.00 for shipping within Quebec and Ontario; $15.00 to Western and Atlantic Canada; or $6.00 to anywhere in the U.S.). Payment should be addressed to: Matthew Farfan, 531 Dufferin, Stanstead, Quebec, J0B 3E0. Tel.: (819) 876-5047; email .

A few copies of The Eastern Townships: In Town and Village are also still available. This book retails for $34.95. The same shipping rates apply.

To order both books, send $69.90 to the above address. Shipping for both books is: $15.00 within Quebec and Ontario; $20.00 to Western Canada; $21.50 to Atlantic Canada; and $10.00 to anywhere in the U.S.