Original Highways

Original Highways

Travelling the Great Rivers of Canada

Book - 2017
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"Expanding on his landmark Globe and Mail series in which he documented his travels down 16 of Canada's great rivers, Roy MacGregor tells the story of our country through the stories of its original highways, and how they sustain our spirit, identity and economy--past, present and future. No country is more blessed with fresh water than Canada. From the mouth of the Fraser River in BC, to the Bow in Alberta, the Red in Manitoba, the Gatineau, the Saint John and the most historic of all Canada's rivers, the St. Lawrence, our beloved chronicler of Canadian life, Roy MacGregor, has paddled, sailed and traversed their lengths, learned their stories and secrets, and the tales of centuries lived on their rapids and riverbanks. He raises lost tales, like that of the Great Tax Revolt of the Gatineau River, and reconsiders histories like that of the Irish would-be settlers who died on Grosse Ile and the incredible resilience of settlers in the Red River Valley. Along the Grand, the Ottawa and others, he meets the successful conservationists behind the resuscitation of polluted wetlands, including even Toronto's Don, the most abused river in Canada (where he witnesses families of mink, returned to play on its banks). Long before our national railroad was built, our rivers held Canada together; in these sixteen portraits, filled with yesterday's adventures and tomorrow's promise, MacGregor weaves together a story of Canada and its ongoing relationship with its most precious resource."--
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780307361387
Branch Call Number: 333.91620971 MACGR
Characteristics: 341 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm


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Apr 09, 2019

Okay primer, but mediocre writing.

Dec 10, 2018

Disappointing. I was expecting a book of interesting information and stories relating to these rivers and the role they played in the opening up of the Canadian "frontier". However the book was more inclined (with few exceptions) to dwell on how we are mismanaging our waterways with pollution, hydro dams, urban sprawl and poor government oversight. Not that these issues are unimportant, but they seemed to be the (probable) initial purpose for the articles which were then integrated into book form.

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