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Making Muskoka

Tourism, Rural Identity, and Sustainability, 1870–1920

Uncovers the transformation of Muskoka from an Indigenous and rural homeland to a playground for tourists and cottagers.

Now a magnet for nature tourists and wealthy cottagers, Muskoka underwent a profound transition at the turn of the twentieth century. Making Muskoka traces the evolution of the region from 1870 to 1920. Over this period, settler colonialism upended Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee communities, but the land was unsuited to farming, and within the first generation of resettlement, tourism became an integral feature of life. Andrew Watson considers issues such as rural identity, tensions between large- and household-scale logging operations, and the dramatic effects of consumer culture and the global shift toward fossil fuels on settlers’ ability to control the tourism economy. Making Muskoka uncovers the lived experience of rural communities shaped by tourism at a time when sustainable opportunities for a sedentary life were few on the Canadian Shield, and it reveals the consequences for those living there year-round.

242 pages | 42 color plates, 1 figure, 9 maps | 6 x 9

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