Historic Waterway, Wilderness Playground
Author(s): Francoise Noel
Original Publish Date: Jan 19, 2015
Product Number: EB00781563
Released: Nov 05, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781459724419
Publisher: Dundurn
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2016 Louise de Kiriline Lawrence Award — Shortlisted
2015 Speaker's Book Award — Shortlisted

Explore the history of tourism in the Nipissing Passageway, from Mattawa to Georgian Bay, beginning with Champlain's voyage in 1615.

In the nineteenth century, while the hope of building a Georgian Bay Ship Canal remained elusive, promotional efforts were made by the railways to market the area as a “sportsman's paradise.” In the early twentieth century, Ontario began to build roads to lure American motorists to the area. In Nipissing, Françoise Noël demonstrates how these efforts led to the early appearance of cottagers in the French River area and the rise of local outfitters. Places of interest include Quintland, named for the famed Dionne Quintuplets, which was seen as a “pilgrimage” site and saw resort expansion through to the post-war recovery.

A look at the Nipissing area today reveals that, for many, it remains a wilderness playground.