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Post Cards Books

Post Cards from Lake of Bays is a book written and published in 2007 by Bruce MacLellan, a cottager and President of the Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation. More than 1,100 copies have been purchased by people around the lake and beyond.

The post cards in this book tell the story of the lake and surrounding area in the period from 1900 to the late 1940s. The first half of the twentieth century represented a transition from logging and farming to tourism and settlement in the area. The five decades also represented the golden era of post cards.

At 160 pages, the hard cover book’s colour images depict all parts of the lake along with historical information and comments. Whether you are a summer visitor or a multi-generation resident, you will recognize scenes and buildings that we still enjoy today and must preserve for tomorrow. The book is priced at $24.95 + GST and proceeds are donated to the LBHF.

You can find the book at stores around the lake (Langford Canoe Gifts in Dwight; Robinsons in Dorset; Rafters, Miss Nelles and Baysville Marina in Baysville) or by calling the author at (416) 969-2727.

Now available at local stores, Back Again at Lake of Bays is a 2nd book by Bruce MacLellan that features our local history as told through antique postcards. Net sales proceeds are donated to the LBHF and Dorset Heritage Museum.

Back Again at Lake of Bays cover

Post Cards from Lake of Bays


Our Results
  • Acquired over 50 per cent of the Lower Oxtongue River for permanent protection, including 6.5 km of shoreline.
  • Preserved one mile of natural shoreline and 47-acres of forest at Port Cunnington.
  • Partnered with the Ontario Heritage Trust to be the steward of the 100-acre Pyke property near Brown's Brae.
  • Recognized more than 30 building owners with plaques for heritage property protection.
  • Encouraged the Township to create a Heritage Committee of Council to encourage protection.
  • Rescued the Bigwin ferry from a sunken mooring in 1991 and conducted feasibility studies to transfer to the current Navigation Society for restoration.
  • Established the Harriet T. Weaver Memorial Trust which funds two bursaries each year to assist one student from each of Bracebridge and Huntsville high schools to help pay for their first year of university or college.
Dr. Cathy Charles Stay-at-home Spring Bird Count, weekend of May 9
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Contact Us

Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation
P.O. Box 81
Baysville, Ontario
P0B 1A0