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The Oxford Companion to Canadian History
Nicole NeatbyNicole Neatby

From its early days Canada has attracted many people, mainly settlers or immigrants, but pleasure-seeking travellers also set foot in Canada as early as the mid-17th century. These were mostly isolated adventurers, but by the 1820s large numbers of British, American, and European urban middle- and upper-class tourists developed the habit of taking an annual holiday and embarked on the Northern Tour, the equivalent to the European Grand Tour. Canal building in the 1820s and 1830s opened up the Canadas and the Great Lakes region, with ... ...

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