The book is overloaded with characters all relative to the history of Canada, and particularly to development between Toronto and Montreal. Some of the names are very familiar to readers who have had exposure to the region, to history records or know about the influence of key players from this period. This makes each chapter a great reference tool and gives the book a healthy shelf life. It is a wonderful way to learn or confirm times past. You do not need prior information to enjoy the book. In fact, the poise in writing allows the reader to imagine lifestyle and politics through these real-life characters as Dan relays in detail the journey of the stagecoach journey to Montreal. After reading 38 hours to Montreal, one could enjoy many tours to the historical spots along the route. In the beginning of the book the reader is immediately placed at Toronto in a time where natural light determined activity. There was no 24 electrical illumination of streets and buildings. Short distances for daily local travel were restricted by terrain, let alone a journey to Montreal. We are made aware that interaction was governed by formalities and the young country was developing under diverse conditions. The rich report on structures, people and business during the earlier challenges of a growing Toronto with similar comparisons to the many competing towns on the route to Montreal enlightens history dialogue about the importance of all the areas the coach passes through while making the journey. A realistic stage is set for a ride of unfolding events where we learn about people, places and answers to historical questions about the time. The book is a keeper. From personal experience I enjoy seeing/hearing Dan Buchanan tell his stories on history. The dates in the book are important records but the fun part is the storytelling.
Ron Waddling, Directory International Agent Relations