Cole, Arthur A.
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A trip from Toronto to Northern Ontario, taken to appreciate the wonderful mineral storehouses that lie so close to our doors: a detailed description. The geology of the Cobalt Silver District, better understood now than it was in the early years of the camp's activities. Mining development now carried on much more scientifically; some examples. North to the Kirkland Lake Area, with Matachewan gold district on the west and Larder Lake on the east; a belt extending well over into the province of Quebec with a total length of over 100 miles. Significant gold production from this area. The issue of extending and developing the railroad north. The factor of waterpower. A review of some of the early pages of Canadian history to better understand some geographical factors. Inaccessibility and the policy of the Hudson Bay Company as reasons for why we know so little about the Hudson Bay country, although it was discovered over 300 years ago. An inventory of what we do know. A geological map of North American is used by the speaker to help to explain and describe this inventory. The issue of navigation in the bays. The expenses of prospecting in this vast territory hitherto almost prohibitive. Conditions required to start the flow of fortune seekers into this great north land. The kind of prospectors that will undertake the exploration of this almost limitless Northland. Invaluable experienced gained in the Sudbury, Cobalt, Porcupine and Kirkland Lake camps. Ways in which exploration will be much more effective. The element of chance greatly reduced. The speaker's own experience last September of testing the feasibility of using a flying boat in the North. Rivals to the T. & N.O. in making accessible the inland seas: the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Canadian National Railways. Speculation as to what could be done. The field open for the Ontario Government Railway. Benefits of extending the T. & N.O. Railway to James Bay.