Friends of Frontenac

Grounded by Granite

Grounded by Granite



Grounded by Granite A Memoir – Patti Shales Lefkos

How does a shy, curly-haired little girl grow up to be a strong, independent woman who treks and volunteers on her own in the remote Nepal Himalaya at the age of 67?

Find out how in Grounded by Granite, a coming of age tale of family connection and resilience framed by summers on a remote island in the Canadian Shield, just outside the park boundary.

**** Proceeds from every purchase goes towards support of Friends of Frontenac and supporting education in Nepal ****

Here’s what they’re saying about GROUNDED BY GRANITE.


‘The sense of place and family is spot on. She brings cottage life in the ‘50s to life and deftly handles generational change in the 2020s with compassion and humour.’

Roy MacGregor– Author of The Great Escape


‘What a pleasure to share in off the grid cottage life adventures and the strength of family in a time that now feels just out of reach. The title says it all: a family as grounded and resilient as the Canadian Shield itself.’

Bob Henderson – Author of Every Trail Has a story, Outdoor Educator


‘Grounded by Granite is a testament to the power of place to instil lasting connections to self, to others, and to nature. Through her stories and reflections, Patti reminds us what is truly important at a time when we are increasingly disconnected from ourselves, from others and from nature. I loved this book.’

Sarah Wiley –Strategic Projects Manager, Outward Bound International


‘In her deeply felt and evocative memoir, Patti weaves together stories from the past and present, in ways suggestive of the associative quality of memory itself, and how we synthesize and integrate experience.’

Sophie Forrester- MSW, RSW, Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist