Muskoka Discovery Centre exhibits at Legislative Building of Ontario
March 24, 2017
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.
Muskoka Discovery Centre
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