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Canoe Tripping in Algonquin - Then and Now
Three canoe tripping experiences! Over 100 years apart, yet connected in time in so many ways! Check out these insights into how the canoe tripping experience in Algonquin Park has changed and yet not changed at all.(order/details)


Molly Cox Colson

Another anchor for the Canoe Lake community for most of the first half of the 20th century was Molly Cox Colson. She first came to Algonquin Park in May 1900 to visit with her good friends Dr. and Mrs. William Bell at Cache Lake. Dr. Bell had just joined the Algonquin Park ranger staff and was in the process of drafting the first Algonquin Park canoe route map. Molly was a nurse from Ottawa and her doctors said she needed a well-deserved rest. She liked the Park enough that she decided to stay on. Her first job was as the housekeeper at the Park rangers' boarding house at Cache Lake and later she managed a tent city, which housed overflow Highland Inn guests. [read more]

J. R. Dymond

One of Canada’s best known zoologists in the 1950s and 1960s, and a key figure in the conservation movement in Canada, J. R. Dymond, was for many years a Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, the Director of the Royal Ontario Museum of Zoology and one of the founding members of the Federation of Ontario Naturalists. [read more]

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