Companion book for the film "The Bruce"

The Bruce

The Bruce recounts the exciting history of Bruce County

      The exciting documentary film "The Bruce" has a companion book, The Bruce.

Big crowds at Saugeen Shores on May 12 (about 1,100) and June 2, 2018 (about 850) applauded the premiere of the three episodes of the film.

For a quick overview of the companion book, see the Contents list. Or you can read the complete Preface, in which author Robin Hilborn tells how he followed the film script, dividing the history of Bruce County into three parts.

Part One covers history up to 1850. The Ojibway fight off the Iroquois and occupy their traditional territory around the Bruce Peninsula. Visitors arrive—Métis fur traders, Methodist missionaries and European commercial fishermen who invade the fishing grounds.

In Part Two, the pioneer settlement period, immigrants from Europe pour into the newly-created Bruce County. The third part introduces the 20th century—an upsurge in tourism, the creation of two national parks and the boom brought by a nuclear power plant at Douglas Point.

The Bruce is hardcover, 236 pages and $35. It includes an index, a bibliography of 287 books about Bruce County history, and six appendices, three of which are posted here:

      Appendix A: Making "The Bruce"
      Appendix B: Bruce County Historical Society
      Appendix C: The Bruce Krug manuscripts


The Bruce featured at
Anne Judd's Brucedale Press table
Port Elgin Farmer's Market at the Parkette
Meet the author; get a signed copy
July 4, 2018, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Official book launch of The Bruce
Talk by Robin Hilborn — Book signing
Aug. 13, 2018, 7 p.m.
Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre,
33 Victoria St. N., Southampton, Ont.

How to order

To order The Bruce, see the home page of the Bruce County Historical Society.

About the author

Robin Hilborn is a retired information officer for the federal government and author of the local histories Southampton Vignettes (2010), Heart of the Great Lakes (2015), The Bruce (2018) and Hilborn's Guide to Old Southampton (2019), as well as articles on county history. He volunteers at the Bruce County Archives and serves on the executive of the Bruce County Historical Society and on the steering committee of the Bruce County Heritage Documentary Project. He lives in Southampton with his wife Heather Wallace.

For more information



The Bruce
ISBN 978-1-928192-05-3
236 pp., hardcover,
    bibliography, index
$35, from Bruce County Historical Society