Landscape, Nature, and Memory: Tourism History in Canada

Conference Programme

We will each have 10 minutes to summarize the main points of our papers. There will then be 20 minutes for feedback and discussion, with the goal of helping to prepare them for publication. The keynote speaker – who is associate editor of the Journal of Tourism History – will also be invited to comment.

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Day 1 – Thursday, October 16
Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre (downtown Vancouver)

7:30 – 9:00 p.m.   Keynote Address

Kevin James  (History, University of Guelph)
‘“The Highlander is glad to see the tourist, as the hunter is glad to see game”: The Victorian Traveller in Scotland.’

This event is co-sponsored by the SFU Centre for Scottish Studies and open to the public.

Day 2 – Friday, October 17
Granville Island Hotel

8:30 – 9:00            Welcome and introductions

9:00 – 10:30          Tourism and Historical Interpretation

Ian McKay  (History, Queen’s University)
‘Liberty, Equality and Tourism: D.C. Harvey as a Public Historian in Prince Edward Island, 1931-1956.’

Alan Gordon  (History, University of Guelph)
‘Between Fantasy and Fact: Landscape and Living History at Pioneer Village Museums.’

Amanda Robinson  (History, York University)
‘Selling History: Commemoration, Tourism, and the “Warrior Nation” of 1812.’

10:30 – 10:45       Coffee break

10:45  – 12:15      Viewing/Interpreting the Landscape

Sophie Edwards  (Geography, Queen’s University)
‘Anna Brownell Jameson: An ‘Unsafe Guide’ of 19th-Century Northern Lake Huron.’

Elizabeth Cavaliere  (Art History, Concordia University)
‘Canada by Photograph: Instructed Looking and Tourism of the 19th-Century Canadian Landscape.’

Joan Coutu  (Fine Arts, University of Waterloo)
‘The Tourist Trap at Niagara Falls: What to Look At?’

12:15 – 1:30          Lunch break

1:30 – 3:00            Crossing/Viewing Water

Dan Macfarlane  (Environmental Studies, Western Michigan University)
‘Fluid Meanings: Tourism and the St. Lawrence and Niagara Megaprojects.’

Merle Massie  (Geography, University of Ottawa)
‘Damming Saskatchewan: Creating Water Landscapes in Western Canada.’

Ed MacDonald  (History, University of Prince Edward Island) and Alan MacEachern  (History, University of Western Ontario)
‘Rites of Passage: Marine Transportation and Tourism on Prince Edward Island.’

3:00 – 3:15            Coffee break

3:15 – 4:15            Seeing/Inventing Canada

Jack Little  (History, Simon Fraser University)
‘Seeing Elemental Nature: An American Transcendentalist on the Coast of Labrador, 1864.’

Françoise LeJeune  (History, Université de Nantes)
‘Inventing Canada for French Tourists, 1870s-1880s.’

6:00 p.m.                Dinner at Dockside Restaurant

Day 3 – Saturday, October 18
Granville Island Hotel

9:00 – 10:30          Remembering (and Forgetting) the Old West

Ben Bradley  (History, University of Toronto)
‘The David Thompson Memorial Fort: A Failed Early Effort to Make a Historical Tourist Attraction in Western Canada.

Susan Nance  (History, University of Guelph)
‘Who was Greasy Sal? “Wild” Horses and the Crafting of Touristic Memory at the Calgary Stampede.’

Lauren Harding  (Anthropology, University of British Columbia)
‘Remembering Clo-oose: The Vanishing Village of the West Coast Trail.’

10:30 – 11:00       Coffee break

11:00 – 12:00       Adventurous Tourism

Leighann Neilson  (Business, Carleton University)
‘Caroline Borden Hinman and Off the Beaten Track: 1917-1958.’

Tina Adcock  (History, Simon Fraser University)
‘Crossing the Line: Adventurous Tourists and the State in the Interwar Canadian North.’

12:00  – 1:30         Lunch at Bridges Restaurant

1:30 – 3:00            Promoting / Reacting to Tourism

Maude-Emmanuelle Lambert  (Pontiac, QC)
‘Par-delà les frontières: promotion touristique et organisations touristiques transfrontalières au Québec et en Ontario, 1945-1975.’

Jenny Clayton  (Victoria, BC)
‘Citizenship, Identity and Tourism Promotion in Revelstoke, BC.’

Linda Mahood  (History, University of Guelph)
‘Crash Pads and Freak-Out Rooms: In the Local Gaze, Vancouverites and the National Youth Hostel Task Force.’

3:00 – 3:45            Coffee break
                                  General comments from conference organizers
                                  Discussion about preparation for publication

4:00 – 6:30 p.m.   Water taxi ride through False Creek
                                  Guided history tour of Vancouver’s Gastown and Chinatown neighbourhoods