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Ontario: 'Land of Lakes' (1949)

This Traveltalk look at the province of Ontario begins in Ottawa, Canada's capital, then proceeds to Algonquin Park, Toronto, and Niagara Falls.


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James A. FitzPatrick ...
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Chosen by Queen Victoria for this role, the City of Ottawa is the capital and seat of government for the Dominion of Canada. The Parliament Buildings are a symbol of how far Canada has progressed from its recent history of a vast wilderness to a modern country. Close to the Parliament Buildings is the Chateau Laurier Hotel, named after the first French-Canadian Prime Minister, Wilfrid Laurier. Much of Ontario's history centers around Jesuit missionaries who settled in an area formerly called Huronia. Small churches are historic reminders of their settlements. Ontario is a province of lakes, where its residents go for recreation. Many tourist resorts, big and small, lavish and more modest, dot many lake shores. The lakes are all connected by what seems to be an endless number of waterways. Portaging from lake to lake is a popular past-time. And where there are lakes, there are bound to be boats. But the lakes are not all about recreation, as the City of Toronto, the capital of Ontario ... Written by Huggo

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12 February 1949 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)


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17 May 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Ontario: Land of Lakes (1949)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Decent TravelTalks entry takes us up to Ontario where we learn that it's the capital of Canada and was named by Queen Victoria in 1858. We learn that in a matter of a couple decades the place went from nothing but wilderness to having an important part in the world. Locations visited include the Peace Tower, Big Wind resort and a quick stop at the Royal Canadia Yauct Club, which is actually in Toronto. We learn some of the history behind the place before narrator James A. Fitzpatrick jokes about a woman trying to fish and then says that she should be the one cooking. I'm sure that attitude won't go over too well today but besides that this here is another nice entry in the series. If you've seen any of them then you already know that the big selling point is that they were shot in Technicolor and this here certainly shows off the beautiful lakes, trees and boats. The film ends at Niagara Falls, a location highlighted in several other films in the series. If you're a fan of the series then it goes without saying that you'll want to add this to your watch list.

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