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The Romance of Transportation in Canada (1952)

| Animation, Short, History
A humourous survey of the history of the development of transportation technology in Canada.



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Credited cast:
Jean-Louis Roux ...
Narrator (French version) (voice)
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Max Ferguson ...
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Guy Glover ...
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The romantic notion that Canadians have with transportation began with the arrival of the first settlers in the 16th century, they who were faced with getting around this new, uncharted and rugged land. The economic benefits of trade resulted in the creation of more permanent transportation links. With the increasing demand for trade came the increase in the transportation infrastructure, both in the frequency and the size of the conveyances. As most of this transportation was water based, canals and locks were constructed in the 18th century to make travel easier. Settlers were also marking out land trails for the movement of staples between settlements. Both land and water based transportation changed from natural power (oxen for land, wind on the seas, and human power and currents on the rivers) to mechanized and eventually motorized forms. Despite the obstacle of the Rocky Mountains, the construction of the transnational railroad in the 19th century revolutionized travel within ... Written by Huggo

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A little gem!
17 June 2002 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Funny animated short film about the history of transportation in Canada. Lots of irony: the Indians that know how to get around fast when Europeans are way out of line. Worth watching.

Out of 100, I gave it 82. That's good for *** out of ****.

Seen at home, in Toronto, on April 25th, 2002.

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