A Happy Holiday: English Canadians and Transatlantic Tourism, 1870-1930 by Cecilia MorganA Happy Holiday: English Canadians and Transatlantic Tourism, 1870-1930 by Cecilia Morgan

A Happy Holiday: English Canadians and Transatlantic Tourism, 1870-1930

byCecilia Morgan

Paperback | June 28, 2008

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One of the most revealing things about national character is the way that citizens react to and report on their travels abroad. Oftentimes a tourist's experience with a foreign place says as much about their country of origin as it does about their destination. A Happy Holiday examines the travels of English-speaking Canadian men and women to Britain and Europe during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It describes the experiences of tourists, detailing where they went and their reactions to tourist sites, and draws attention to the centrality of culture and the sensory dimensions of overseas tourism.

Among the specific topics explored are travellers' class relationships with people in the tourism industry, impressions of historic landscapes in Britain and Europe, descriptions of imperial spectacles and cultural sights, the use of public spaces, and encounters with fellow tourists and how such encounters either solidified or unsettled national subjectivities. Cecilia Morgan draws our attention to the important ambiguities between empire and nation, and how this relationship was dealt with by tourists in foreign lands. Based on personal letters, diaries, newspapers, and periodicals from across Canada, A Happy Holiday argues that overseas tourism offered people the chance to explore questions of identity during this period, a time in which issues such as gender, nation, and empire were the subject of much public debate and discussion.

Cecilia Morgan is Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. She is the author of Commemorating Canada: History, Heritage, and Memory, 1850–1990s (2016), as well as Creating Colonial Pasts: History, Memory, and Commemoration in Southern Ontario, 1860–1980 (2015).
Title:A Happy Holiday: English Canadians and Transatlantic Tourism, 1870-1930Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.15 inPublished:June 28, 2008Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0802095186

ISBN - 13:9780802095183

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Holidays, Happiness, and Transatlantic Tourism

  • 1 Porters, Guides, and the Middle-Class Tourist: The Practices of Transatlantic Tourism
  • 2 The Landscape of History and Empire, Part 1: Scotland
  • 3 The Landscape of History and Empire, Part 2: England
  • 4 ‘Paddy’s Grief and Native Wit’: Canadian Tourists and Ireland
  • 5 ‘The Hot Life of London Is upon Us’: Travel to the Imperial Capital
  • 6 The Street, the Regatta, and the Orphanage: The Public and Social Spaces of Tourism in Britain
  • 7 ‘This Sight-Seeing Is a Strenuous Business’: European Sojourns, Part 1
  • 8 Natural Wonders and National Cultures: European Sojourns, Part 2
  • 9 ‘A Big Old Country Car, Speeding around a Winding Road’: Transatlantic Tourism in the 1920s



Editorial Reviews

'Morgan's valuable study of English Canadians and transatlantic tourism in the early decades of the Dominion combines travel literature, tourism history, and attitudinal studies... It makes an important contribution to our understanding of tourism, of cultural bonds within British Empire, and of identity formation in Canada's early decade.' - Edward MacDonald - H-Canada July 20, 2011