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Muskoka Discovery Centre exhibits at Legislative Building of Ontario

March 24, 2017

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Exhibit at Legislative AssemblyMuskoka Discovery Centre is participating in the Community Exhibits program at the Legislative Building of Ontario in Toronto for the March to July 2017 session.

When asked to submit a concept for consideration we chose “celebrating 150 Years of Steamboating and the man who started it all, Alexander Peter Cockburn.” Our submission was in keeping with the exhibition’s theme – Canada’s 150th.

In 1867 A.P. Cockburn’s first ship Wenonah, an 80-foot steam powered vessel, had just completed its first sailing season. Wenonah was the first of many historic steamships that cruised the Muskoka Lakes.  Today the Muskoka Steamship & Historical Society (MSHS) owns and operates the only existing Muskoka steamship still carrying passengers – RMS Segwun – as well as the replica steamship Wenonah II built in 2002. MSHS also operates Muskoka Discovery Centre.

A.P. Cockburn is considered the Father of Muskoka Tourism, because he introduced steam-boating to Muskoka in 1866. He continued to expand his tourism interests; helping to charter the first rail line to Gravenhurst in 1875, launching a navigation company; and convincing Wm. Pratt & Hamilton Fraser to build resorts as early as 1870. Cockburn was Muskoka’s first Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) from 1867-1872 and Muskoka’s first Member of (MP) from 1872-1886.

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit Queen’s Park and see the “150 Years of Steamboating & A.P. Cockburn” exhibit curated by the Muskoka Discovery Centre as part of the Community Exhibits Program for Ontario.

The Legislative Building is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday; and seven days a week during the summer months (Victoria Day to Labour Day, weekends and holidays from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm). The Community Exhibits project marking Canada’s sesquicentennial is on from March to mid-July 2017.

Ann Curley
Operations Manager
Muskoka Discovery Centre
Open all year round