Paul White:
Historian, Writer, & Researcher is a website illustrating my ongoing career as a freelance writer, researcher and historian.

In you will find pages dedicated to most of the genres that have captivated my interest, not to mention, that of publishers, editors and most importantly, my readers.

  • 1979 - Trent University - Honours BA (History and Canadian Studies)
  • 1981. - Toronto Parent Magazine "Sending your child to camp"
  • 1984-1985 - Canadian Materials Magazine - Book Reviews of non-fiction titles
  • 1987 - Co-authored with Professor Bruce Hodgins, a biographical sketch of Donald Alexander Macdonald for the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Volume XII, 1891-1900 

  • 1994 - The Maritime History of Georgian Bay - Parks Canada  - part of a three-person team of historians 
  • 1994-2002 - Owen Sound Sun Times - weekly "Local History" column featuring the heritage of Owen Sound and Georgian Bay region
  • 1996-1997 - Beckett Vintage Magazine - several articles about hockey history related to sports memorabilia
  • 2007-2008 - Sideroads Magazine - several articles about the heritage and the people of the eastern Georgian Bay region
  • 2015-2017 - Spotlight Magazine - monthly column about the heritage of Grey and Bruce counties

  • 2018-2020 - University of Western Ontario - MA (History)


  • The Hockey Scrapbook: Hockey Memories of the Bruce County & Owen Sound Region (1997)
  • Owen Sound: The Port City – Natural Heritage Press (now Dundurn) (2000) 
  • Great Centremen: Stars of Hockey's Golden Age – Altitude Publishing (2006) 
  • Shooting for the Moon: The Bill Beagan Story – Amazon (2111)
  • East Coast NHLers – Formac Publishing (2111) 
  • Hockey’s Royal Family: The Conachers – Amazon (2015)


  • 1984-1987 - Camp Wanapitei - Board of Directors
  • 1997- Present - member of Society for International Hockey Research (This group’s membership consists of hockey historians from Canada, the United States and Europe who are dedicated to researching, preserving and promoting the history of the sport of ice hockey.)
  • AWARD: 2000 my efforts to promote and preserve the heritage of the Grey County region, were recognized when the City of Owen Sound nominated me, and I was honoured to receive a Heritage Ontario Award.
  • 1999-2002 – Archivist/Project Manager Grey County Archives – Created the County of Grey’s first archives. 
  •  2001 –  Annual Convention of the Archives Association of Ontario - guest speaker
  •  2001-2002 - Archives Association of Ontario - Board of Directors
  • 2001-2002 - Represented Grey County on an Ontario Government committee to create a heritage tourism program featuring the history of the Underground Railway in Ontario.
  • 2002-2005 - Marine Rail Museum,  Owen Sound, Ontario - Board of Directors 
  • 2007 – 2011 - Friends of the West Parry Sound District Museum
  • 2009- 2011 - Friends of the West Parry Sound District Museum - chairperson
  •  2015 – Present – Great Lakes Historical Society
  • 2017 -2019 - Nature London
  • 2018 - Present Forest History Society of Ontario
  • 2020 - Ontario Historical Society
  • 2020 - Trent Valley Archives - Peterborough, Ontario

I believe that a good writer, researcher and historian never stops learning; never stops asking questions; and never stops stretching their personal knowledge limits. To this end, although it has been more than three decades since I started my career as a freelance writer, researcher and historian, and even longer since I graduated from Trent University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History and Canadian Studies. 

I recently returned to university and I completed a Master of Arts degree at the University of Western Ontario. The topic of my Masters Thesis is the impact, first, of the lumbering industry, and later, tourism, on the growth and development of the Bruce Peninsula. To upload and read a free copy of my MA thesis click here.

Although I have many historical research interests, I focus most of my attention to almost any aspect of the Great Lakes region and especially the Georgian Bay area, including the French River region. I always welcome new ideas and research questions.

I hope you enjoy my website, Please see my Contact Page if you would like to comment about my articles or discuss whether I can be of assistance to you or your group.

Paul White

Where To Now?

Professional Inquiries  I welcome all inquiries and this is the place where submissions for professional projects can be submitted.

My Book Publishing  My book publishing career was a natural extension from my history articles that I had researched, written, and published with various newspapers and magazines. They are listed here for your perusal.

Bruce Peninsula  The Bruce Peninsula is more than a haven for those wishing to hike and explore the natural beauty of this region. It is a place full of rich history, as you will discover on this site.

Georgian Bay Sailing

Sailing vessels traversing the rugged waters of Georgian Bay predate the arrival of European explorers and settlers.

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