Moving Natures

Mobility - the movements of people, things, and ideas, as well as their associated cultural meanings - has been a key factor in shaping Canadians' perceptions of and interactions with their country. Approaching the burgeoning field of environmental history in Canada through the lens of mobility reveals some of the distinctive ways in which Canadians have come to terms with the country's climate and landscape.

Spanning Canada's diverse regions, throughout its history, from the closing of the age of sail to the contemporary era of just-on-time delivery, Moving Natures: Mobility and the Environment in Canadian History examines a wide range of topics, from the impact of seasonal climactic conditions on different transportation modes, to the environmental consequences of building mobility corridors and pathways, to the relationship between changing forms of mobility with tourism and other recreational activities. Contributors make use of traditional archival sources, as well as historical geographic information systems (HGIS), qualitative and quantitative analysis, and critical theory.

This thought-provoking collection divides the intersection of environmental and mobility history into two approaches. The chapters in the first section deal primarily with the construction and productive use of mobility technologies and infrastructure, as well as their environmental constraints and consequences. The chapters in the second section focus on consumers' uses of those vehicles and pathways: on pleasure travel, tourism, and recreational mobility. Together, they highlight three quintessentially Canadian themes: seasonality, links between mobility and natural resource development, and urbanites' experiences of the environment through mobility.

With contributions by:

Judy Burns
Jim Clifford
Ken Cruikshank
Jessica Dunkin
Elizabeth L. Jewett
Don Lafreniere
Elsa Lam
Maude-Emmanuelle Lambert
J.I. Little
Daniel Macfarlane
Merle Massie
Tor H. Oiamo
Joy Parr
Thomas Peace
Andrew Watson

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Moving Natures 1
Cover 2
Title Page 2
Series Page 3
Full Title Page 4
Copyright Page 5
Table of Contents 6
Illustrations 8
Acknowledgements 14
Moving Natures in Canadian History:An Introduction 16
PART I: Production, Pathways, and Supply 38
1: MAITLAND’S MOMENT:Turning Nova Scotia’s Forests intoShips for the Global Commodity Tradein the Mid-Nineteenth Century 42
2: Forest, Stream and . . . Snowstorms? Seasonality, Nature, and Mobility on the Intercolonial Railway, 1876–1914 70
3: Supply Networks in the Age of Steamboat Navigation: Lakeside Mobility in Muskoka, Ontario, 1880–1930 94
4: Seasonality and Mobility inNorthern Saskatchewan, 1890–1950 118
5: Creating the St. Lawrence Seaway:Mobility and a Modern Megaproject 142
6: Soils and Subways: ExcavatingEnvironments during the Building ofRapid Transit in Toronto, 1944–1968 166
7: The Windsor-Detroit Borderland: The Making of a Key North American Environment of Mobility 190
PART II: Consumption, Landscape, and Leisure 214
8: Views from the Deck: Union Steamship Cruises on Canada’s Pacific Coast, 1889–1958 218
9: Producing and Consuming Spaces ofSport and Leisure: The Encampmentsand Regattas of the American Canoe Association, 1880–1903 244
10: What Was Driving Golf?Mobility, Nature, and the Making of Canadian Leisure Landscapes, 1870–1930 266
11: Rails, Trails, Roads, and Lodgings:Networks of Mobility and the Touristic Development of the “Canadian Pacific Rockies,” 1885–1930 290
12: Automobile Tourism in Quebec andOntario: Development, Promotion,and Representations, 1920–1945 314
Contributors 338
Index 342
Back Cover 354