Wednesday, 06 July 2011 16:20

Lake Diefenbaker book worth a look

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By Ryan Dahlman
With it being July now, tourists are flooding Saskatchewan in search of the next major destination.


One book you may want to grab in support of an underappreciated region is Lake Diefenbaker Yours to Discover as part of the Discover Saskatchewan Series of Books (Published by Canadian Plains Research Centre Press).


Authors  Michael and Anna Clancy hit the road to create “the Ultimate guide of ‘Saskatchewan’s Great Lake” and its surrounding communities.


Michael who is a research pathologist and his wife a nurse, travelled more than 28,000 km in search for the local stories on the communities and details on some of the big events (i.e. Walleye Derby) which make the area what it is.


Michael said the book’s information was done over 2008-09. While the book was completed earlier, the original design was scrapped and it delayed because the publisher wanted to revamp it.


t was a smart move. Despite the fact there are no full colour photos, minus the cover, the book is a slick looking production with the cyan-blue duotone.


It’s inviting and easy to read and like a well planned recreational trip, it’s easy to navigate with coloured-coded pages and side tabs.


Unlike many travel guides where the name of the community, its population, campground locations and other factual indicators of tourist attractions, what sets the Clancys’ effort from the rest is they took the time to travel to all of these locales and talked to the people there.


It’s there where they found out about Heritage Museum and its extraordinary collection of arrowheads and how they were acquired. He said finding out information about communities such as Beechy, Craik and all the rest was well worth the time and effort.


A lot of attention to detail is spent on the book with such information as emergency services, fast facts, web and email addresses, lists of businesses and even the Global Positioning System co-ordinates of the location for those into geocaching.


There are also interesting tidbits of information scattered throughout the book such as 70 per cent of Saskatchewan population is within a two-hour radius of the area.


“We had a lot of data built up and it was a springboard for us to write more,” explained Michael. “There’s a lot to see and do in the area.”


Undoubtedly, the Clancys were busy in their travels which includes five regional and three provincial parks.


The other plus for the book which will make it a favourite with travellers? It has a plastic coating on the cover so if your adventure’s navigator is looking at information while enjoying a beverage, your book won’t be ruined. It’s a small detail, but it’s the kind of details which makes a book — especially a good book — an extra special one.


This is one such book.


The Clancys were in Coles Bookstore in the Wheatland Mall to autograph their latest work in early May.


Check with Coles to see if they have any more copies or contact the Canadian Plains Research Centre to find out how to get a copy. See www.cprcpress.ca or email them at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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