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Title: "The Picturesque Playground of Canada": Landscaping the Geographical and Social Identity of Muskoka, 1850-1914
Authors: Watters Westbrook, Danielle
Advisor: Morgan, Cecilia
Department: Theory and Policy Studies in Education
Keywords: Canadian History
Issue Date: 11-Dec-2009
Abstract: This thesis explores the complexities of Muskoka’s past between 1850 and 1914. Through the lenses of class-consciousness and popular notions of ethnicity and race, Muskoka’s geographical and social landscape were redefined during this period by the government, the area’s industries, visitors, and local inhabitants. It was not until the early twentieth century that the nature-tourism industry was able to standardize a regional identity for the district; this identity has remained prevalent through to the twenty-first century. As the title of Edward Roper’s 1883 booklet "Muskoka; the Picturesque Playground of Canada" suggests, the area became closely associated with leisure and recreation. However, this Muskoka identity misrepresented the district’s terrain and populace, and our contemporary understanding of the region has consequently been compromised. In order to better recognize Muskoka’s diverse social and geographical landscape, this thesis explores several historical viewpoints and questions the manner in which the district was promoted.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18096
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