Come On Over

Northeastern Ontario A-Z


Update: The book is out May 12!

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Where can we see statues of some of the most significant North American explorers, the people who blazed the trails into the interior of North America? Where can we walk in the footsteps of the soldiers who achieved one of the most significant British victories at the outbreak of the War of 1812? What was the world’s most exciting mining town in the first decade of the 20th century? Where can we visit the home of the author of many of the books in the Hardy Boys series? Where can we be photographed “swimming” with polar bears? Where can we experience Cree culture first hand? Where were the homes of Winnie the Pooh and Shania Twain? The general answer to all these questions is “Northeastern Ontario”, an area which extends from the Ontario-Quebec border in the east to the western limits of the District of Algoma; and from Lake Nipissing, the French River, and Manitoulin Island in the south to the shores of James Bay in the north. (The specific answers are, respectively, Mattawa, Fort St. Joseph on St. Joseph Island, Cobalt, Haileybury, Cochrane, Moosonee, White River, and Timmins.)

This and other important information appears in the soon-to-be released book, Come on Over: Northeastern Ontario A-Z. The authors, Dieter K. Buse and Graeme S. Mount, are retired Professors from the Laurentian University Department of History, both of whom have spent two thirds of their lives within the region. In addition to defining all the communities and their interesting history, they provide information on recreation, the area’s natural beauty, including parks and waterfalls and all special aspects. An attempt has been made to provide descriptions and information about what defines northeastern communities. Come on over serves long-time residents, educators and tourists, in a form so compact that it can fit into a glove compartment.

    Shania Twain rightly sings Come on over (Jessica Simpson, Kym
    Marsh, Christina Aguilara use same title)
    Get a life--get a grip
    Get away somewhere, take a trip
    Come on over--come on in

Come on Over also includes anecdotes provided by CBC listeners, people who know their own communities. The authors will be on CBC's Morning North from September to November talking about northeastern communities and collecting stories. We hope the book will include museums, cultural events, and sporting activities, which are surprisingly diverse and extensive. Readers will find novel and reliable information, as well as insights into the region’s special places and traits.