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Ontario: 'Land of Lakes' (1949)

This Traveltalk look at the province of Ontario begins in Ottawa, Canada's capital, then proceeds to Algonquin Park, Toronto, and Niagara Falls.


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James A. FitzPatrick ... Narrator (voice)


Chosen by Queen Victoria for this role, the City of Ottawa is the capital and seat of government for the Dominion of Canada. The Parliament Buildings are a symbol of how far Canada has progressed from its recent history of a vast wilderness to a modern country. Close to the Parliament Buildings is the Chateau Laurier Hotel, named after the first French-Canadian Prime Minister, Wilfrid Laurier. Much of Ontario's history centers around Jesuit missionaries who settled in an area formerly called Huronia. Small churches are historic reminders of their settlements. Ontario is a province of lakes, where its residents go for recreation. Many tourist resorts, big and small, lavish and more modest, dot many lake shores. The lakes are all connected by what seems to be an endless number of waterways. Portaging from lake to lake is a popular past-time. And where there are lakes, there are bound to be boats. But the lakes are not all about recreation, as the City of Toronto, the capital of Ontario ... Written by Huggo

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12 February 1949 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)
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Visiting Canadian Lakes & A Mighty Big Waterfall
11 August 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

An MGM TRAVELTALK Short Subject.

During this short tour of ONTARIO, LAND OF LAKES, we are taken first to Ottawa, to view the government buildings of the Dominion of Canada. Then it's on to the Shrine of the Martyrs, where the ashes of Jesuit priests, slain during Indian massacres, are buried. We then get to travel along two of the province's beautiful lakes. Arriving in Toronto, we are shown the edifices of the provincial government & we enjoy Scottish Highland lassie bagpipers. Finally, we end our tour at mighty Niagara Falls.

This is one of a large series of succinct travelogues turned out by MGM, beginning in the 1930's. They featured Technicolor views of beautiful & unusual sights around the globe, as well as vivid, concise commentary. These films were produced & narrated by James A. FitzPatrick.

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