Up to the Cottage

Memories of Muskoka

by Grant D. Fairley

Up To The Cottage - Memories of Muskoka

Journey back to a time to the Muskoka of small family cottages through the stories of what it was like to spend your vacations at a family cottage on Mary Lake near Huntsville and other places in the Muskokas.  Beginning with the family renting a cottage in the 30’s through the purchase of land and then building the cottage in the 50s, the Cowans, Meusers and Fairleys all became part of the story of the lake just as the cottage became a rich part of their life story too. These first-hand accounts reflect both a bygone era and the new world of cottaging in some of the most beautiful places on Earth. For those who remember those rustic days – you will warm to the happy memories of cottage life in the 50s & 60s & 70s through the development years of 80s & 90s.

Readers comment that these stories reawaken their own treasured memories from cottage, cabin and camp life no matter whether it was Muskoka or somewhere else that was special for you.

The tales continue up until 2004.  Pull yourself up by a fire at the cottage to read this book.  If you are not at the cottage, this book will take you there through these enchanting memories and stories of the people and places of Muskoka, Ontario, Canada.

Chapter Titles

  • Into The Mist
  • A Greater Purpose
  • Warm Thoughts
  • On The Surface
  • Clammed Up
  • The Waltons
  • For The Birds
  • Slip Sliding Away
  • Look Up – Way Up!
  • Ahoy There
  • Ready – Set – Fire!
  • The Man In The Green Can
  • Far and Wide and Weird
  • Half A Mile To Halvastraw
  • Nothing To Fear
  • Rainy Day People
  • Put The Worm On Tighter Uncle John
  • What Do You Mean By “There”?
  • A New Age Was Upon Us
  • The Turkey and the Church
  • James Alexander Cowan
  • The Cottage
  • The Road More Traveled
  • Cottage Worthy
  • All Creatures Great & Small
  • Mission Impossible
  • The Guest Book
  • Well – Well – Well
  • Something’s Fishy
  • Many Wanderings
  • I Know A Secret
  • One Dark Night
  • Take A Letter
  • The Road Less Traveled
  • Clean As A Whistle
  • Creative Licence
  • Beyond The Sunsets
  • Moose Wars
  • Saluting The Generals
  • Watching Scotty Grow
  • Fond Farewell
  • Cousins By The Dozens
  • Go North Young Man – Somehow
  • What’s That Smell?
  • Sounds of Silence
  • Cottage Types
  • Bugged
  • That’s Entertainment
  • Measuring Up
  • Don’t Let The Rain Come Down!
  • Please Pass The Salt
  • Not For The Faint of Heart
  • Shaboo
  • Courage
  • Jackson’s Falls
  • A Fine Port
  • In To Town
  • The Other Way
  • An Old Seabreeze
  • The Muskoka Blues
  • Blessings Received
  • Sandy Feet
  • To Whom Much Is Given

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284 pages

ISBN 978-1897202166



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Grant D. Fairley

Seminar Speaker & Executive Coach

Grant D. Fairley is an executive coach, seminar speaker, author and inventor.  His wide-ranging experiences as an executive in the financial industry, technology, healthcare and as a corporate consultant allows him to bring a broad perspective to his presentations, coaching and writing.

One of his gifts is that of a story teller who can both motivate and engage others with a new way of seeing their business and life. He is the author of a number of books, a presenter on BlogTalk Radio and an inventor of a patented healthcare technology. He continues to be actively involved in charitable organizations as well.

Grant is a graduate of Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.  He and his wife Cari live in Ontario, Canada.

His seminars, workshops and retreats are offered through www.strategic-seminars.com and his executive coaching is available worldwide through www.canadian-executive-coaching.com

Contact Grant through fairley@silverwoods-publishing.com or LinkedIn. You can follow him on Twitter @grantfairley