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Stamp, Robert M.

Erin (Ont.), The Boston Mills Press, 1987. 67pp, paper, $9.95, ISBN 0-919783-84-8. CIP

Grades 11 and up
Reviewed by Susan Fowler

Volume 16 Number 3
1988 May

Robert Stamp, a former high school teacher and university instructor turned writer, has produced a very readable, well illustrated, and interesting history of the Queen Elizabeth Way, the superhighway linking Toronto and the Niagara peninsula.

The book provides useful information about the history of highway construction, beginning with the pre World War II motorways of Italy and Germany, but focusing more on Ontario. Features such as the centre grassy median, clover-leaf interchange, and skyway bridge are shown in the numerous black-and-white photographs, as well as in sketches and maps.

The author stresses the economic and political significance of the highway, as well. Continued population growth in the Toronto-Hamilton corridor and the importance of a major highway link with the United States border have resulted in a program of almost continual expansion and improvement since the route was originally completed. And there is no end in sight.

Perhaps one of the reasons I found this book so entertaining is that I, like Dr. Stamp, spent much time as a child travelling along the QEW. Many of the landmarks described and illustrated were very familiar to me. This book would be useful reading for students of urban geography or the geography of southern Ontario. It is certainly of interest as well to all those who have spent time travelling the "magic highway."

Susan Fowler, Centennial S.S., Belleville, Ont.
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