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The Romance of Transportation in Canada

The Romance of Transportation in Canada

| 11 min

The NFB's 7th Oscar®-nominated film.

A light-hearted animated short about how Canada's vast distances and great obstacles were overcome by settlers. The story is told with a tongue-in-cheek seriousness and takes us from the intrepid trailblazers of long ago to the aircraft of today and tomorrow. A 1953 Cartoon Short Subject Oscar®-nominee.

  • music
    Eldon Rathburn
  • sound editing
    Kenneth Heeley-Ray
  • sound recording
    Clarke Daprato
  • narration writer
    Guy Glover
  • producer
    Tom Daly
  • animation
    Wolf Koenig
    Robert Verrall
  • director
    Colin Low
  • animation assistant
    Sidney Goldsmith
    Barrie Helmer
  • photography
    Lyle Enright
  • narrator
    Max Ferguson


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Ages 9 to 14

History - Early Colonization/Settlement
Social Studies - Social History
Technology Education - Society and Technology

This film can be used as a simple introduction to the development of Canada’s transportation system. Discussion topics might include: Trace the history of transportation in Canada from earliest times to the present. What benefits were gained by the building of canals and locks? Research the Industrial Revolution in Europe and its impact on Canadian transportation. Discuss some of the benefits to transportation of both steam power and the internal combustion engine.

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