The Photographic Pleasures of Ontario's Huron County

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In southern Ontario, not far from the bustling, booming cities of Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, London and Sarnia, lies a beautiful piece of the province's past.

In Huron County, on the eastern shores of Lake Huron, time has a way of standing still. The Bayfield and Maitland rivers flow gently into Lake Huron, and the farmers tend to their cattle and their crops at their own pace. In Huron County, there is no rush-hour morning traffic.

The residents of the dozens of tiny Huron County communities take the time to stop, to say hello, to catch up on the day's small talk -- and in the summer, Huron County is an Ontario vacation paradise.

The beaches are gorgeous, the townsfolk are welcoming -- and every little community has its own story to tell. Huron County -- relaxing, picturesque and altogether charming -- is Ontario's West Coast. It is also, surprisingly, one of southern Ontario's best-kept secrets.

All of that may be about to change with the release of Huron County: Ontario's West Coast, a glorious photographic tribute to the region and its way of life. Wayne Caldwell, Cindy Fisher and Laura Weir -- three individuals with strong ties to Huron County and rural Ontario -- collaborated on the project and have produced a work that speaks lovingly and eloquently to the unique charms of the region.

The photos themselves are individually striking: Goderich harbour in the early-morning mist; the Maitland River as it flows past the renowned Benmiller Inn; the fierce colours of a summer story on Lake Huron; the glorious red leaves of autumn; the bucolic pleasures of a farmer's field. It is the full compilation of the photos -- categorized under topics such as History, Agriculture, Urban Spaces, Natural Spaces and the Lake Huron Shoreline -- that really brings this large-scale photographic essay to life.

Huron County: Ontario's West Coast is exactly what it claims to be -- a pictorial celebration of a spectacular, yet tranquil, region within southern Ontario.

It is the perfect vacation keepsake -- and the perfect gift for those who love the region. It is also, for those who haven't yet had the pleasure of spending time there, the perfect introduction to Huron Çounty's countless delights.

Wayne Caldwell is a professor at the University of Guelph and has enjoyed a long-standing affiliation with the Huron County planning department. Cindy Fisher is a Goderich resident with ancestral roots in Huron County. Laura Weir, currently working on her Masters degree in public history, has lived in Huron County since her childhood when her parents immigrated to the region from Scotland.

Huron County: Ontario's West Coast
Created by Wayne Caldwell, Cindy Fisher and Laura Weir
ISBN No. 9780978129811
http://www.waynecaldwell.ca
http://www.ontarioswestcoast.ca

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