Ottawa Waterway: Gateway to a Continent

By Robert Legget

© 1975

The mighty river that flows through the capital of Canada was called in 'Grand River of the North' by the first French explorers, before they even knew of the existence of the Great Lakes which are part of the St Lawrence waterway today. The Ottawa is still a great river, despite the changes made by man, and contributes on a vast scale to the industry, commerce, and amenities of the region.
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.
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  • Series: Heritage
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 0.6in x 9.3in
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  • PUBLISHED DEC 1975

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In this book, Robert Legget tells how the 'Grand River of the North' 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.

Ottawa Waterway: Gateway to a Continent

By Robert Legget

© 1975

The mighty river that flows through the capital of Canada was called in 'Grand River of the North' by the first French explorers, before they even knew of the existence of the Great Lakes which are part of the St Lawrence waterway today. The Ottawa is still a great river, despite the changes made by man, and contributes on a vast scale to the industry, commerce, and amenities of the region.
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.
Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Heritage
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 0.6in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    'Legget's research is stupendous … His fund of knowledge about the families, landmarks, sites and industries of the Ottawa Valley is … astounding.'


    Ottawa Journal

    '…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." '


    Inland Seas

    '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.'


    Queen's Quarterly
  • Author Information

    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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