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Ontario is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Niagara Falls has been attracting tourists since the French explorer, Étienne Brûlé, first came upon it in the early 1600s.

The Government of Ontario has long recognized the importance of the province’s wilderness and recreational areas for tourism. Today visitors come to enjoy the natural beauty of the province’s parks and countryside and to partake of the vibrant life of its cities.

This exhibit looks back on tourism in Ontario through time, from the early settlers in Upper Canada to the travellers of the current day, using documents and images from the Archives’ collection.  

Photo: Niagara Falls, 1952
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Niagara Falls, 1952
Department of Travel and Publicity, Publicity Branch
Transparency
Reference Code: RG 65-35 -3, 11764-X2574
Archives of Ontario, I0005526


Photo: The Peterborough Lift Lock, 1958
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The Peterborough Lift Lock, 1958
Department of Travel and Publicity, Publicity Branch
Transparency
Reference Code: RG 65-35-3, 11764-3341-2
Archives of Ontario, I0005614

Go to: A Wilderness Paradise
Go to: The Impact of Improved Transportation
Go to: Government and the Tourist Industry

Map: The Province of Ontario Canada
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The Province of Ontario Canada
Province of Ontario Dept of Travel & Publicity, 1950
Reference Code: A-14
Archives of Ontario, I0027685