Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North
"With Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North, Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail brings us an extraordinarily intimate, engaging and all-encompassing chronicle of Canadian flight north of the 60th parallel. Metcalfe-Chenail proves herself a remarkable historian and writer, weaving factual accounts with compelling stories of risk, heroism and adventure. Brimming with amazing archival photographs and gripping detail acquired through meticulous research and personal interviews, Polar Winds is a definitive and important addition to the canon of Canadian aviation history. An astonishing accomplishment." Bestselling author of Into the Abyss, Carol Shaben
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For the Love of Flying
For the Love of Flying tells the story of Laurentian Air Services and its subsidiaries, Air Schefferville, Delay River Outfitters and more. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with Laurentian's owners, pilots and ground crew, author Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail explores this innovative company's colourful 60-year history from its founding in 1936 with biplanes through the 1990s when it operated twin-engine turboprops. This book is filled with lively flying anecdotes from the cockpits of the world's most recognizable bushplanes, including the Beaver, Otter, Douglas DC-3 and Grumman Goose. From daring rescues and close calls, to the filming of Hollywood's Captains of the Clouds, to the perils of flying Canada's most eccentric millionaire, Laurentian's pilots did it all. Interlaced with these fascinating accounts are the stories of back-country air tourism, the mineral and hydro-power boom in Quebec and Newfoundland-Labrador, and commercial aviation in North America. Click here to find out more and order your copy »
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Flying Away from it All
Middle-class motor tourists often ended up at holiday destinations frequented by the upper classes, much to the chagrin of the latter. As historian Earl Pomeroy wrote in the 1950s: “The aristocracy was quick to take fright and retreat before common clay, and sometimes fled into the remote wilderness.” Like frightened birds, some of the elite took to the air. Click here to read the full article »
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Being a Bertonite
The Yukon is startling, surprising and almost uncomfortably free. It’s a territory of intense weather and topography, of people looking to make their own paths, to escape family, or reinvent themselves. It’s a place that manages to defy all expectations even in this age of Google, Twitter and 24-hour media. The Berton House Retreat, located in Pierre Berton’s childhood home in Dawson City, offers a base for writers to explore the Yukon – and themselves. Click here to read the full article »
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Home, Sweet, Home
When Alana Gannon Schilf and Bob Schilf decided to move to Edmonton from St. Albert in 2009, they knew exactly what kind of home they wanted. "We really like the aesthetic of the mid-century modern," Gannon Schilf says. "And I always wanted a flat roof." They also knew where they wanted to live in the city: The desirable eastern edge of the Parkview neighbourhood. Read the full article in Avenue's January 2014 issue.