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Governor General's party crossing Lake of the Woods
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Governor General's party crossing Lake of the Woods
1881, by Sydney Prior Hall

In 1881, the Governor General of Canada, Sir John Douglas Campbell (the Marquess of Lorne) went on a much-publicized tour to promote the agricultural potential of western Canada. Accompanying the entourage were a number of foreign journalists, among whom was "special artist" Hall. Here Hall sketched the Governor General's party as it crossed Lake of the Woods. Since the transcontinental railway was still under construction, much of the Governor General's western tour was by boat and carriage and, at various times, included a contingent of North-West Mounted Police.


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