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Ontario - North
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Driving the TransCanada - Wawa to Thunder Bay
North of Superior - Armstrong
North of Superior - Nipigon to Armstrong
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  Sudbury Rocks!
A Woman's Work is Never Done

Ontario - South
A 'Grand' Canyon
A Wee Bit o’ Perth
Christmas in the Valley
Kate Aitken
Lucy Maud
Mennonite Country
Teepee Camping
Fergus - Rural Ontario's Scottish Town

Corridor #132 Grosse Ile through Bay St Laurent to Gaspe
Highway #132, L’Islet to Matane
Highway #132, Matane to Gaspe
Highway #132, Perce to Matapedia
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Montmorency Falls, Ile d'Orleans and the Cote de Beaupre
Quebec City's Historical Treasures
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The Eastern Townships Photo Essay

Apple Butter & Cheese
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Headwaters Country
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Maple Madness
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Country Music Highway
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Old Sturbridge Village

New Hampshire
Mount Washington

New York State
Adirondack's Autumn Surprises
Autumn in the Adirondacks
Grandma Moses
More Than Baseball
Lake Placid

North Carolina
Cape Lookout to Cape Fear
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My Heart's in the Highlands
The Gardens of Eden
Western Reaches - Hidden Treasures Photo Essay
Western Reaches of North Carolina

The Quiet Land

Beautiful York
Bridges; Markets
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The History Trail
The Johnstown Flood

Rhode Island

South Carolina
Beaufort, Bluffton
& Hilton Head
Charleston and Area
Myrtle Beach
Olde English District
Photo Essay
Thoroughbred Country

Cumberland Highlands
Eastern Tennessee
Knoxville, Norris, Oak Ridge & The Gap
North & East of Nashville
North & West of Nashville
Pickett County - Photo Essay
Photo Essay
South & East of Nashville
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The World of Dale Hollow

Christmas Village
Middlebury Inn


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Jewels of the North
Breezy Blackpool
Witches and Hot Pot
A Lightning Tour

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The Island of Crete

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Ancient Rome
Renaissance Rome

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Exciting News:

No Choice But Freedom

My latest work of fiction GRANITE , publisher, The Dundurn Group is now available. In Granite , I have captured the essence and spirit of rural Ontario through the characters that inhabited its farms, villages and towns during the mid-twentieth century.  Please see Book Store for further information. 

No Choice But Freedom

Pat Mestern's fifth work of historical fiction No Choice But Freedom ISBN 1932158766 is a tale of treachery and triumph in c1750 Colonial Virginia and the Carolinas. Like Pat’s previous novels, No Choice But Freedom will be known for its meticulous attention to detail, gripping storyline and unforgettable characters.

To quote J. Marshall Craig, author and playwright:

Pat Mestern's meteoric imagination has never been more impressive than in this empowering, almost epic, Colonial American period piece about a woman whose destiny was bartered most unexpectedly and whose fierce resistance against injustice to not only herself but those in her sphere of influence is so thoroughly convincing one can easily imagine it to be an historical account rather than the clever weave of fiction that, in reality, it is. A Canadian author clearly inspired by her real-life travels through the cradle of the American Revolution, it would not be an overstatement to suggest that Mestern is Canada's answer to Pulitzer Prize-winning American author Anne Proulx and that Mestern's border-hopping accomplishment might be distantly - but not inaccurately - compared to Proulx's elaborate creations inspired by similar travels in foreign lands, such as her acclaimed Newfoundland-based The Shipping News. No Choice But Freedom is as accomplished and appealing and deserves the same notice.

If you would like an author-signed copy of No Choice But Freedom please use the handy order form

Magdalena's SongThe book in question is entitled "Magdalena's Song". This is Pat's fourth work of fiction and receiving great reviews across North America. "Magdalena's Song" is written with humour and compassion "Magdalena's Song" is the story of a village suddenly wakened from years of apathy and restraint. 1947 is a year of transition. The war is over. The world has changed. People are restless. Relationships are strained. Men have returned from the war physically and psychologically exhausted. During thirteen days in the autumn of 1947, the mysterious Count Daniel Cudzinki proves there is common sense, integrity and harmony in the midst of chaos. This timely work of fiction will appeal to a wide audience, male and female, young and old.

"Magdalena's Song" is available under ISBN 0-9713045-8-0 at bookstores across North America including, and using the online order form.

If you would like an autographed copy, please use the online order form or contact Pat

To find more information about Magdalena's Song visit the Reading Group/Book Club page.



New at this Site
A photo essay entitled Tractormania has been added to the site. In December had our new articles have been added to the History & Reminiscences section of the website. Under Historical Matters an article has been added entitled My Beloved Highlanders. Under the Just Plain Folk an article has been added entitled Small is Mighty - Harry Corker. Under Reminiscences section, two articles have been added The Diva Didnít Come and Wash Day

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By Pat Mestern - December 3, 2005

The A-Z of Festival & Special Event Organization
Involved in the Festival Industry?
Running a Special Event?
Want to take your festival to the next level?
Have a member of committee who is not a team player?

First Reprint
So You Want to Hold a Festival
"The A-Z of Festival & Special Event Organization"

with Hands-On Workbook

Those involved in the festival industry are challenged to think outside the box and to creatively take bolder steps toward unique, successful special event development
For More Information

To order your copy please fill
in the online
order form.

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The Art of Living Simply
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Photo credits
Photographs and other pictures have been contributed by Ted and Pat Mestern.
Illustrations from various sources.

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