Ottawa Waterway: Gateway to a Continent
In this book, Robert Legget tells how the river basin was formed geologically in prehistoric times, and how it has been used by explorers, missionaries, fur traders, lumbermen, settlers, travellers, and industry for more than 250 years. He describes the untamed river as the voyageurs saw it, and the major role it played in the fur trade; the heyday of the timber industry when huge rafts of longs were floated downriver to Montreal, and the building of early canals which ushered in the great days of steamboating. Famous pioneer personalities are brought to life, and curious and fascinating incidents are related. He shows how the river has been turned to the use and convenience of man by vast power developments, and also takes the reader on a tour of the river today, indicating the best sites for viewing the scenery and how these may be reached by road, ferry, and rail.
- Series: Heritage
- World Rights
- Page Count: 304 pages
- Dimensions: 6.1in x 0.6in x 9.3in
'Legget's research is stupendous … His fund of knowledge about the families, landmarks, sites and industries of the Ottawa Valley is … astounding.'
'…a splendid companion to the author's earlier Rideau Waterway, and, like the latter, should become the standard work on its subject .. To anyone interested in Great Lakes history this work is a "must." '
'This is a book to be savoured for its style, its clarity and its story of the part the Ottawa has played in the history of Canada.'
The late Robert Legget (1904-1994) was also the author of Ottawa Waterway: Gateway to a Continent (1975). He was the first Director of the Division of Building Research of the National Research Council of Canada from 1947 until his retirement in 1969.
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