Brian G. Spare

Brian G. Spare PhD is a local author, freelance copywriter who is a regular contributor to Bayview magazine. Watch for Brian’s upcoming memoir “The Boy Who Couldn’t Smile” to be published later this year. Contact him at bgspare@gmail.com.


Recent Articles

The great springing forward debate

On March 13 of 2022, we performed the semi-annual ritual we both love and hate. We changed our clocks an hour.

Remembering Memory Lodge on beautiful Pine Bay

In 1935, Larry Baarts immigrated from his native Holland to Canada settling in what was then Fort William, Ontario. What appealed to him most were the wide open spaces of this region.

The unique history of Current River

Current River has grown up in the shadow of Port Arthur now Thunder Bay North.

The East End - where it all began

When we think back to the origins of Thunder Bay, what first comes to mind are visions of the annual Great Rendezvous where buckskin-clad voyageurs arrived at Fort William paddling their canoes lad

The making of Mariday Park

John James (JJ) Carrick (September 17, 1873 – May 11, 1966) was born and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana and educated at the University of Toronto. On December 20, 1899, he married Mary Day.

The story of Westfort

The Province of Canada’s Department of Crown Lands surveyed the southern bank of the Kaministiquia River west of the fur trading fort of Fort William during 1859-60.

Troop trek of 1885

Most Canadians know the story of the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway, the “impossible railway”, across this vast continent to link the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

The Great Wall of Thunder Bay

As the 1880s approached, people of the Lakehead knew the fur trade, the industry which had sustained them for two centuries, was winding down. Times were changing.

The Lakehead's Legacy of Shipbuilding

The Lakehead was built upon the industries that grew from its rich natural resources.

Dinners of Christmas Past A History of Our Festive Feasts

The Yuletide season will soon be upon us once again and with it comes all the rituals, social gatherings, traditions and food that make up this time of year.

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