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Recreational Boating on the Rideau Canal,
Part of our Resources for the Rideau series, this digital book is a reprint of Parks Canada's Microfiche Report 253, "Recreational Boating on the Rideau Canal" by Larry Turner, 1986.
The report is divided into five parts. The first part looks at the development of recreational boating in Ontario in general and on the Rideau Waterway in particular. Part two identifies the variety of recreational boats on the Rideau and traces their development between 1890 and 1930. Part three explores recreational boaters, their activities, their environment and the places or sites influenced by their pursuit of boating. Part four examines the evolution of the steamer excursion as a popular activity in pleasure boating and the final section is an analysis of the impact of recreational boating on the administration of the Rideau Canal and the system as a whole.
While it was not the intention to produce a detailed statistical study, an appendix provides some figures important to the analysis in the text. There is also a large collection of illustrations (87) designed to complement the identification of boats and activities described in the report.
This digital book will be of interest to anyone wishing to learn more about the development of recreational boating on the Rideau Canal. The document is heavily cited and endnoted, the sources (mostly Library and Archives Canada) clearly detailed.
This digital book is fully searchable text (not page scans) that duplicates the original manuscript report. It is provided on a CD-ROM, in PDF format, easily read by the free Adobe PDF Reader. Most computers already have a PDF reader installed, but if not, you can easily obtain the reader from the Adobe website.
Rideau Manuscript Report Digitization Project page.
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