My Books


Ontario Central Airlines - The Kenora Years
"I am indebted to Ed for not only capturing the memories of those who worked for Ontario Central Airlines, but also the creative writing used to record and preserve this era of aviation for future generations." Don Watson- Founding director and member of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame
Falklands Target
During the Falklands conflict an Argentinian Air Force Hercules delivered two Exocet missiles to Port Stanley. One struck HMS Glamorgan, putting her out of action. What happened to the second one remained a mystery.
Falklands Deadline
Mrs. Thatcher’s instructions were concise and clear. "Devote whatever resources are necessary to find this document."
Altar and Throne
A Native/white friendship novel bridging the gap between two cultures. Follow the Redsky and Corrigam families, as they struggle to preserve their friendship amidst a collapsing Native culture.
Night Trek
This is a short story of a Native family and their struggle in the Canadian wilderness that I'm making available free in PDF format.
Ontario Central Airlines - The Kenora Years
by Ed Zaruk
ISBN: 9780981246079
Published by: Haakon Publishing

 One of Canada's true legends is the Canadian bush pilot.  Unlike Grant McConachie and Russ Baker, many were small operators who preferred the rugged life flying vast wilderness country to the comfort of a 747 captain's seat.

Among them were a few men of vision who wanted a larger piece of the aviation world and expanded their operations while not losing sight of the need for bush flying. Two of these would manage Ontario Central airlines in different styles.

Don Watson envisioned partening up with Jack Austin of Autsin Airways to create a regional carrier in Ontario.  Denied the opportunity, he moved on to expand Pacific Western Airlines into 37 countries.

When Barney Lamm, who purchased OCA from Rex Kiteley and Gordy Hollinsworth, took over, he returned the airline to its roots serving fly-in fishing lodges from Red Lake and Kenora in Northwestern Ontario.  

This is their story as told from the distant memories of people who worked for Barney.  Seven years in the making, this book will be an important addition to your aviation library.


Available online from Haakon Publishing


Copies are also available at:

The Lake of the Woods museum in Kenora, Ontario

Candian Aviation of Flight

Western Canada Aviation Museum, Winnipeg 

Cariboo Keepsakes in the old Hudson's Bay Post in Quesnel, B.C.

Books & Company in Prince George and Quesnel, B.C.