Celebrating Canada


A visual journey showcasing how history can make a house a home, a reminder of the strength of character and ingenuity entrenched in Canada’s history.

Inspired by the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation — the same year recognizing 375 years of settlement in Montreal — Quebec antiques professional Peter E. Baker brings life to Canadian history and demonstrates how antiques and folk art can successfully be incorporated into a contemporary lifestyle, providing a home with a unique identity.

Drawing from a single collection, the author selects and showcases objects spanning three centuries of Canadian history, from the early days of French settlement to the creative boom of late-20th-century folk artists. Amply illustrated, and written in a conversational, easy-to-read style, this is not a traditional technical study of antiques representing a specific type or region. Celebrating Canada showcases the story and the artistic merits of each object.


Whether you’re a committed collector of Canadiana, a seeker new to the passion and looking to learn, or someone wanting to understand how to achieve ‘the look’ in a condo or house, you’ll not be disappointed.

Canadian Antiques and Vintage

Beautifully presented.

Maine Antique Digest

Amply and beautifully illustrated, deftly and informatively written in a conversational, easy-to-read style … impressively showcases the story and the artistic merits of each object.

Wisconsin Bookwatch

Echoes Joan Burney’s philosophy, which is to take an uncluttered approach and focus on pieces that make for ease of living.

Ottawa Citizen

About the Authors

Peter E. Baker

Posted by Dundurn Guest on January 24, 2017
Peter E. Baker photo

Peter E. Baker

Peter E. Baker has led a 40-plus-year career as a Quebec-based antiques dealer, participating in major shows in both Canada and the U.S. He is a long-standing member of the Canadian Antiques Dealer Association and was a featured Canadiana appraiser on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow and the Canadian Antiques Roadshow. He lives with his wife Susan in Elgin, Quebec.