Award winning Beautiful Barrie: The City And Its People -- An Illustrated History of Barrie, Ontario

Beautiful Barrie“A masterpiece.” That’s how retired  Barrie businessman Rayner McCullough describes the latest addition to Barrie’s rich history.  

Researched and written by historians Su Murdoch and B.E.S. Rudachyk and designed by K.H. Schick, Beautiful Barrie tells the story of Barrie’s beginnings as the southeastern terminus of an ancient portage and its rise to a vibrant, beautiful city on the shores of Kempenfelt Bay. 

Beautiful Barrie will enchant you with its research, stories, and photographs of the people and events that shaped our city over its more than 150-year history.  

2006 Fred Landon Award Recipient
The Fred Landon Award honours the best book on regional history published in the Province of Ontario over the past three years.


Streetwise In Barrie: An Historical Guide to Barrie Streetnames

Streetwise CoverDetails the history and geography of Barrie streetnames from the Ontario community's first survey in 1833 to June 1999. Arranged alphabetically,  Streetwise in Barrie is extensively cross-referenced and features thorough bibliographic references.

"This work is probably the most complete study of a Canadian city's street names ever compiled. Truly a labour of love..."
Chris and Pat Raible, "From the Bookshelf," OHS Bulletin (July 2002), p. 7.
Nominated for the Ontario Historical Society's Fred Landon Award.


Simcoe County Book of Days - Beginnings to 1919

Simcoe County Book of Days CoverLooking for what happened in Simcoe County history on your birthday or that of a friend? Simcoe County Book of Days makes it a breeze.

If you think history in general is important and local history is vital, Simcoe County Book of Days is for you.
If you are a collector of facts ranging from the very important to the curious to the antiquarian to the downright frivolous, this book is for you.
If you are looking for excellent value, Simcoe County Book of Days is for you.
This book is an invitation. It opens the door to the history of Simcoe County. It attempts to be wide-ranging. It seeks to be informative and fun.

For the serious researcher, Simcoe County Book of Days is fully indexed, putting over 1,500 entries and 3,400 references at your fingertips.