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.

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In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth & Reconciliation

What is real reconciliation? This bestselling collection of essays from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous contributors from across Canada welcomes readers into a timely, healing conversation—one we’ve longed for but, before now, have had a hard time approaching.

These reflective and personal pieces come from journalists, writers, academics, visual artists, filmmakers, city planners, and lawyers, all of whom share their personal light-bulb moments regarding when and how they grappled with the harsh reality of colonization in Canada, and its harmful legacy. Without flinching, they look deeply and honestly at their own experiences and assumptions about race and racial divides in Canada in hopes that the rest of the country will do the same.

Edited by Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail and featuring a candid conversation between CBC radio host Shelagh Rogers and Chief Justice Sinclair, this book acts as a call for all Canadians to make reconciliation and decolonization a priority, and reminds us that once we know the history, we all have the responsibility—and ability—to make things better.


To listen to a podcast of the conversation between Shelagh Rogers and Chief Justice Sinclair, please click here.


In This Together … “reflects the new way of thinking, and the new concept of being Canadian.” (Victoria Times Colonist)

In This Together “wades enthusiastically into the complexity [of reconciliation]. And as a result, its 15 individual voices become much louder than the sum of their parts.” (Edmonton Journal)

In This Together “deserves to be bought and read.” (The Walrus)

In This Together demonstrates that colonization is not a thing of Canada’s past, and suggests that real reconciliation is only possible through an honest appraisal of our present.” (Quill & Quire)

“An exceptional and important read.” (Broken Pencil)

Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North

“With Polar Winds, 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

Other reviews:

“Metcalfe-Chenail has captured a rich heritage in great detail, and yet woven it all together in such an entertaining way that it’s hard to put Polar Winds down…it’s a wonderful read for anyone interested in the aviation of Canada’s north.” Sherwood/Strathcona News

Presented in a well written, well paced narrative that even non-aviation enthusiasts should find engaging and informative. Yukon News

This book not only tells the stories of the successes, failures, oddities, and tragedies of flying in the north, but [also] delves into the lives of the people and communities…captur[ing] the essence of northern flying. COPA Flight

Polar Winds misses nothing in the multifaceted field of aviation… this book has earned its place in the collection of every reader who not only enjoys aviation history but also wishes to learn more about history of our country and its people. Arctic Magazine

Offer[s] fascinating insights into an industry that has revolutionized many aspects of life in Canada.

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