Backroads of Ontario


271 pages
Contains Illustrations, Index
ISBN 0-88830-259-2






Reviewed by Dean Tudor

Dean Tudor is a journalism professor at the Ryerson Polytechnical
Institute and founding editor of the CBRA.


This is nifty little guide to some 25 backroad trips in (largely) Southern Ontario. In time they range from a short afternoon to a full weekend. Each trip has maps, an historical overview of the area, a description of what to see and what to expect, information on traffic, gassing up, restaurants and general stores, and picnic areas. It is a good idea, and the earnest traveller can find data on churches, cemeteries, swamps, parks, and so forth — whatever the local attractions are. There are black-and-white photographs as well as some line maps and a brief history of the province’s road system. A useful book in partial celebration of the province’s Bicentennial; but the question remains: why was it published outside Ontario?


Brown, Ron, “Backroads of Ontario,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 21, 2024,