The Fossmill Story: Life in a railway lumbering village on the edge of Algonquin Park

By Doug & Paul Mackey
8.5 x 11 softcover, 224 pages with over 350 photographs, illustrations and maps. Full colour front and back cover with colourized photographs. $29.95




Winner of the 
Ontario Historical Society's
Fred Landon Award for the 
Best Ontario Regional History
for the year 2000

Based on over 50 interviews with former residents, newspaper articles, and archival material, and with over 350 photographs, maps, and illustrations, The Fossmill Story tells the dramatic story of the people who lived in a company village through the boom years of the twenties and the bust years of the Great Depression. It describes the logging and lumbering operations of the Fassett Lumber Corporation and its railway that drew logs from the highlands of Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park to its mill in Fossmill. Read about forest and mill fires, crime and punishment, tragic accidents and death, poverty and affluence, and much more.


This is one of the best researched, best written, and best illustrated Algonquin Park books it has been our pleasure to’s a great story well told, and we heartily recommend it to you.-Friends of Algonquin Park (Read full review

An extraordinary amount of research effort, organizational ability, writing competence, and designing skill have all been combined to relate the history of a small place over a relatively short period of time, The result is quite wonderful.-Ontario Historical Society Bulletin (Read full review

I found this a most enjoyable read and an excellent window into one of Canada's important resource industries during the boom years in the first half of the century.- Branchline (Read full review

What is so unique about The Fossmill Story is that it is about life in a railway lumber town as remembered by those who live it....The Fossmill Story one of the most exciting sagas to hit local bookshelves in recent memory.- Almaguin News (Read full review

Their many interviews of people who lived in Fossmill and the surrounding area provide a wealth of intriguing anecdotal material that makes the story burst into life. A companion to their video, Logging by Rail in Algonquin Park, this book, a bargain at $29.95, will be treasured as you find yourself again and again, looking back at ‘forgettable moments in our history.- Huntsville Forester (Read full review)