Southern Ontario Recreational Atlas


131 pages
Contains Photos, Maps, Index
ISBN 0-9680772-2-6
DDC 912.713




Reviewed by Janet Arnett

Janet Arnett is the former campus manager of adult education at Ontario’s Georgian College. She is the author of Antiques and Collectibles: Starting Small, The Grange at Knock, and 673 Ways to Save Money.



Road maps are fun to study, essential for car trips, and difficult to
follow while on the move. This book attempts to simplify the “map
management” chore faced by tourists, campers, and other travelers by
dividing southern Ontario into a grid of 88 units. The map for each unit
fits complete on one page, for easy handling.

“Southern” in terms of this work means all of Ontario south of
Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury. This covers the most-traveled part of the
province and includes dozens of provincial and national parks and more
than 200 conservation areas. Detailed charts provide information on how
to locate these recreational areas and on what facilities and features
each has.

A few full-page color scenic photographs are sprinkled throughout the
atlas to further promote the larger parks. These routine
tourist-brochure shots add little value to the book. A feature that does
have value, however, is the gazetteer of 10,000 places, rivers, lakes,
and islands. Each entry is cross-referenced to the appropriate road map.
Apart from this gazetteer, the book contains nothing that isn’t
available free of charge from any tourist bureau.


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