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A Timeless Place

The Ontario Cottage

As Julia Harrison’s first summer of living in Ontario approached, she became aware of the culture of the cottage. Friends talked of nothing but languid afternoons on the dock, but Harrison marveled at the investment of money and labour that the idyllic escapes demanded. Curious about the rich and passionate meaning these places seemed to hold, she studied cottagers in the Haliburton region over the course of seven years. Thoughtfully and engagingly written, A Timeless Place considers the family cottage as a place where memories are treasured, national identity is celebrated, spiritual balance is restored, and a few dark secrets are kept.

308 pages

Table of Contents

1 An Introduction to the Cottage

2 The Cottage: A Special Place

3 Community, Nature, Modernity, and Nationalism at the Cottage

4 Time and Order at the Cottage

5 The Cottage Body

6 Family at the Cottage

7 Gender at the Cottage

8 Privilege at the Cottage




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