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  1. JUG320S: The Canadian Wilderness Week 7: Tourism Professor Emily Gilbert

  2. Today’s Themes I: The Tourist Gaze II: Tourism for the Nation III: Managing the Tourist IV: Future of Tourism?

  3. I: Tourism • “The myth of the wilderness as ‘virgin,’ uninhabited land had always been especially cruel when seen from the perspective of the Indians who had once called that land home. Now they were forced to move elsewhere, with the result that tourists could safely enjoy the illusion that they were seeing their nation in its pristine, original state, in the new morning of God’s creation” (Cronon)

  4. Tourist or romantic gaze: • Importance of the cultivation and display of ‘good’ taste • Aesthetic sightseeing: pictures and the picturesque • Emphasis on solitary views, on unique experience • Organizing the tourist gaze: role of government, train companies, artists to shape tourist ideal in wilderness • Tourists as consumers of the landscape: guides, accommodation, transportation, etc.

  5. II: Tourism for the Nation Early 19thC: • Outdoor recreation begins to become popular • Emergence of urban parks movements

  6. 1850s+ Curative holidays taken by wealthy city-dwellers More middle-class recreation: hunting, fishing, canoeing; church and youth organizations, eg summer camps Rise of leisure time: where people look for meaning A sportsman and two Mi'kmaq guides on the Restigouche River (detail), 1880s(Camp Harmony Angling Club)

  7. Sportsmen’s club movement • eg Forest and Stream (1873-) editor Charles Hallock Clyde and Emma Young, Young’s Wilderness Camp 1932+

  8. 1876: artists and Intercolonial Railway: picturesque; development of tourism 1880s-1890s: The building of the CPR and uniting Canada from sea to sea Economic nationalism and dominance of central Canada Expansion of empire outward Last spike at Craigellachie, Nov 7, 1885

  9. Banff National Park • Created 1885 • Banff Springs Hotel built in the Scottish Baronial style; designed by architect Bruce Price • Rebuilt in the 1920s after a 1926 fire

  10. 1900s+ • Rise of the scouting movement Woodcraft Indians • Youth program established by Ernest Thompson Seton in US in 1902 • Seton an author, naturalist, artist; Wild Animals I Have Known (1898) • Told boys stories of Native Americans and nature; stories later published Boy Scouts • Founded by Lord Baden-Powell in UK (1907) • 1910: Woodcraft Indians merge with Boy Scouts of America • 1921: Brownies established (for boys and girls)

  11. III: Tourism for the Nation • 1911: National Parks Branch of the Department of the Interior formed with first Commissioner James Bernard Harkin (1911-1936) • Importance of money from domestic and international tourism • But also “the service they render to the people of Canada” importance of “play spirit” to Canadian nationalism • Paradox: “unpsoiled” wilderness but also therapeutic “playgrounds”

  12. around WWI governments began promoting outdoor activities; • acquired parkland; • built recreational facilities; • drew up wildlife regulations; • wrote resource-management policies; • zoned cabin and cottage lands to control development • WWI: park internment camps to develop road infrastructure; largely unemployed or destitute men (Ukrainians) to lay 400 miles of scenic roads by 1930

  13. 1931: Unemployment and Farm Relief Act creates public works projects in national parks: workers at Banff build new bathhouse and pool at Upper Hot Springs, and work on roads • WWII: more internment camps set up, at Lake Louise, Stoney Creek and Healy Creek—largely filled with Mennonites from Saskatchewan • Japanese internment camps set up at Jasper National Park, with internees working on Yellowhead Highway and other roads

  14. Increasing importance of car travel: as new freedom • Increase in accessibility: by 1920s more than half tourists to Rocky Mountain Park arriving by car • Development of infrastructure: roads, auto camping facilities (campsites, cabins) • CPR and CNR worked with National Parks Branch to develop facilities, eg Banff-Windermere Highway • 1923: Jasper Park Lodge built: luxurious style centre surrounded by bungalows

  15. Jin-me Yoon Souvenirs of the Self, 1993 Group of Sixty-Seven, 1996/7

  16. III: Managing the Tourist 1950s+ • More leisure time, more money, more cars • Rise in mass market for recreational services and commodities • Canadian Outdoor Recreation Demand Study: released reports 1968, 1969, 1972: outdoor recreation a component of national character: a public need

  17. But also more concern over preservation: • US Wilderness Protection Act of 1964 • Canada: National and Provincial Parks Association of Canada former 1963 (later the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society) • First endangered species legislation; setting out national environmental policies • Bid to hold 1972 Winter Olympics at Lake Louise withdrawn because of environmental concerns • From late 1970s, National Parks Act begins to shift emphasis to conservation and ecological integrity

  18. Algonquin Provincial Park • 7,725 km2 • 1,500 km of canoe routes • 2,000 km of logging routes • Established 1893 • First Park surveyor: James Dickson • First Chief Ranger: Peter Thomson

  19. Strict control of access and movement Zones: historic; recreation/utilization; nature reserve; wilderness; development zones Parkway Corridor and the Interior

  20. Elite classism of tourism • High-tech (efficiency and finesse) vs. low-tech (tradition and naturalness) equipment • Status associated with remote camping: escape and aesthetics • Aesthetic and experiential consumption of landscape • Park structures help produce meaning

  21. IV: Future of Tourism? • “space can be made to hide consequences from us…relations of power and discipline are inscribed into the apparently innocent spatiality of social life” (Edward Soja) • “unproductive” activity “planned with the greatest care: centralized, organized, hierarchized, symbolized and programmed to the nth degree” (Henri Lefebvre) • “spaces sometimes lie just as things lie” (Henri Lefebvre)

  22. ECOTOURISMFocus on local flora and faunaconservation of biological and cultural diversity, and the protection of ecosystemssustainable use of biodiversity, and local employment opportunitiesconsent of local community, and aboriginal peoples, and profit-sharing and co-management with themincrease of environmental & cultural knowledge minimal environmental impact—small ecological footprint