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Ask any good journalist what the best part of the job is and he's likely to say the serendipitous moment when one story turns into another. A few years ago, the Ottawa Citizen's Ron Corbett set out to write a tale on wolves in Ontario's Algonquin Provincial Park. A chance encounter at a gas station led him to the front door of Frank Kuiack, who, Corbett was told, knew a good deal about the park's wolves. When Corbett went to meet him, he learned something remarkable about Kuiack. He was the last of the old-time fishing guides still working full-time in the park. "Kuiack's life," he writes, "seemed to be a counterpoint to the many changes that had taken place over the years, not only around Algonquin Park, but elsewhere in Canada."
Corbett explores those rush-toward-the-21st-century changes in this lyrical narrative of a fishing trip via canoe through the park with Kuiack. It would turn out to be the old man's last journey as a guide. By using the guide as his centrepiece, he weaves together a marvellous anecdotal history of the park, its fishing, and legendary guides like Basil Sawyer, Sam Beaver (friend and guide to The New Yorker's E.B. White), and Tom Thompson, who once lived in Algonquin's wilderness and seems such a part of its geography. Corbett writes: "While [the changes] led to the slow disappearance of the fishing guides in the Algonquin Highlands, Kuiack never abandoned the calling. Today, he is the last practitioner of a business, a trade, an art, that will die with him." Which makes the serendipity that brought Corbett and Kuiack together just that much more fortunate. Because of their meeting, something that would have otherwise been lost has now been preserved with great care and real affection. --Jeff Silverman
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Ron Corbett is an author, journalist and broadcaster. A life-long resident of Ottawa, he has travelled often to Algonquin Park for fishing and camping trips, first as a young boy and now as the father of four children. He has taught magazine writing at Carleton University's School of Journalism and won numerous awards, including two National Newspaper Awards. He admits to being a poor, or consistently unlucky, fisherman.
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Book Description Glen Ivy Media. Perfect Paperback. Condition: Very Good. A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. The spine remains undamaged. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G1894673050I4N00
Book Description Glen Ivey Media, Ottawa, 2007. Softcover. Condition: Very Good. Second Edition. 243 pp. Photos. Light edgewear, corners rubbed. Signed by the author on the title page. Tells the story of Frank Kuiack, one of the last full-time fishing guides in Algonquin Park, chronicling a vanishing way of life in the wilderness. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # CAN1910