This selection of writings by twenty-nine women, known and unknown, professional and amateur, presents a unique portrait of Canada through time and space, from the seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries, from the Maritimes to British Columbia and the Far North. There is a range of voices from high-born wives of governors general, to an Icelandic immigrant and a fisherman’s wife in Labrador. A Loyalist wife and mother describes the first hard weather in New Brunswick, a seasick nun tells of a dangerous voyage out from France, a famous children’s writer writes home about the fun of canoeing, and a German general’s wife describes habitant customs. All demonstrate how women’s experiences not only shared, but helped shape this new country.
Dundurn; October 2015
- ISBN 9781459734715
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- Title: Habitant Customs
- Author: Mary Alice Downie; Barbara Robertson; Elizabeth Jane Errington; Friederike Charlotte Louise von Massow
In The Press
A splendid selection of the observations and experiences of twenty-nine women.
About The Author
Mary Alice Downie has written and edited twenty-eight books for children and adults. Her many books include And Some Brought Flowers with Mary Hamilton, and The Well-Filled Cupboard with Barbara Robertson. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.
Barbara Robertson, now deceased, earned degrees in history from the University of Toronto and Queen’s University. She was also the author of Wilfrid Laurier and co-editor of Ottawa at War.
Elizabeth Jane Errington is currently dean of arts at the Royal Military College and also teaches at Queen’s University. Her research interests centre on life in nineteenth-century Upper Canada. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.