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Turcotte, Dorothy.

Erin, (Ont.), Boston Mills Press, 1986. 60pp, paper, $9.95, ISBN 0-919783-58-9. CIP

Grades 7 and up
Reviewed by Jack Brown

Volume 15 Number 4
1987 July

Port Dalhousie is a community on the shore of Lake Ontario near the Welland canal. This is the story of the village and the canal, its Lakeside Park, and the Royal Henley Regatta. Loyalist settlement, early industries, former canals, ship's chandeliers, hotels, dry docks and shipyard, stone jail, grist and flour mills, rubber company, electric railway, and disastrous fires are highlighted in historical capsules under year-date titles. After the construction of the present canal four miles away, the village economy suffered in spite of a surge of activity during rum-running days. Nearby Lakeside Park became a centre for dancing, amusements, bathing, and boating, and regattas still draw large crowds of participants and well-wishers.

Dorothy Turcotte, a native of Hamilton, has been writing most of her life: radio copy, articles on child rearing, and travel articles for two weekly newspaper columns. Her first book was Greetings From Grimsby Park-The Chautauqua of Canada (Grimsby Historical Society, 1985). In this book about Port Dalhousie she has arranged information into short items as flashbacks. There are fifty pictures and two maps accenting life-styles of earlier days. The book has a bibliography but no index. It is a small volume but definitely a valuable Ontario local history. It is printed in clear type, and both the photograph reproductions and the book design are much above average.

Jack Brown, Kingston C.V.I., Kingston, Ont.
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