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Pursuing Play

Women’s Leisure in Small-Town Ontario, 1870–1914

Rebecca Beausaert (Author)

In telling the story of what small-town women did for fun while navigating social hierarchies, nurturing ties of kinship and friendship, and advancing community development, Pursuing Play adds a new dimension to Canadian histories of gender, leisure, and popular culture.

Undressed Toronto

From the Swimming Hole to Sunnyside, How a City Learned to Love the Beach, 1850–1935

Dale Barbour (Author)

Undressed Toronto challenges assumptions about class, the urban environment, and the presentation of the naked body in five Toronto environments.

Bruce Erickson (Editor), Sarah Wylie Krotz (Editor)

Popularly thought of as a recreational vehicle and one of the key ingredients of an ideal wilderness getaway, the canoe is also a political vessel. The Politics of the Canoe expands and enlarges the stories that we tell about the canoe’s relationship to colonialism, nationalism, environmentalism, and resource politics.

Thrashing Seasons

Sporting Culture in Manitoba and the Genesis of Prairie Wrestling

C. Nathan Hatton (Author)

Thrashing Seasons illuminates wrestling as a complex and socially significant cultural activity, one that has been virtually unexamined by Canadian historians looking at the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries

Winnipeg Beach

Leisure and Courtship in a Resort Town, 1900-1967

Dale Barbour (Author)

Through photographs, interviews, and newspaper clippings, Dale Barbour takes us into the heart of the turn-of-the-century resort area of Winnipeg Beach and introduces us to some of the people who worked, played and lived there.

Morris Mott (Author), John Allardyce (Author)

The major themes in this volume are the rise of Winnipeg to world curling prominence in the nineteenth century and the persistence of that prominence in the twentieth.