Thursday September 24, 2015
'No Canoe, No Canada': Roy MacGregor on their vital relationship
"I think [the canoe] connects you to who we are and how we got here." - Roy MacGregor, author of "Canoe Country: The Making of Canada"
Back in 2007, after much input from listeners and a panel of judges, the CBC Radio show Sounds Like Canada picked the canoe as one of the country's seven wonders. One of those judges was Roy MacGregor.
And now, the author and historian has returned to the subject -- writing an ode to the canoe.
As part of our project Ripple Effect, we're taking a trip in the canoe -- asking how this ancient mode of transportation did so much to build the modern country we know as Canada today.
Roy MacGregor's new book is called "Canoe Country: The Making of Canada." He was in our Ottawa studio.
"Back in the 70's we started a project of following the Voyageur canoe routes. We did from just west of Thunder Bay back to Hudson Quebec, just west of Montreal, the longest trip being 49 days from Sault Ste. Marie to Ottawa. These longer trips slowed down when our son was born, who has now gone on to make canoeing and paddle sports his business in life. This shot was one I took of us on Lake Superior in 1976 after a damp and completely foggy day, navigating by compass and map." - Harry Foster, near Aylmer, Quebec
This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.