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The Backwoods of Canada

Catharine Parr Traill (1802-1899)

1. 00 – Introduction
2. 02 – Arrival off Newfoundland
3. 03 – Departure from Quebec
4. 04 – Landing at Montreal
5. 05 – Journey from Cobourg to Amherst
6. 06 – Peterborough
7. 07 – Journey from Peterborough
8. 08 – Inconveniences of first Settlement
9. 09 – Loss of a yoke of Oxen
10. 10 – Variations in the Temperature of the Weather
11. 11 – Emigrants suitable for Canada
12. 12 – A Logging Bee
13. 13 – Health enjoyed in the Rigour of Winter
14. 14 – Utility of Botanical Knowledge
15. 15 – Recapitulation of various Topics
16. 16 – Indian Hunters
17. 17 – Ague
18. 18 – Busy Spring
19. 19 – Appendix A

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The writer is as earnest in recommending ladies who belong to the higher class of settlers to cultivate all the mental resources of a superior education, as she is to induce them to discard all irrational and artificial wants and mere useless pursuits. She would willingly direct their attention to the natural history and botany of this new country, in which they will find a never-failing source of amusement and instruction, at once enlightening and elevating the mind, and serving to fill up the void left by the absence of those lighter feminine accomplishments, the practice of which are necessarily superseded by imperative domestic duties. To the person who is capable of looking abroad into the beauties of nature, and adoring the Creator through his glorious works, are opened stores of unmixed pleasure, which will not permit her to be dull or unhappy in the loneliest part of our Western Wilderness. The writer of these pages speaks from experience, and would be pleased to find that the simple sources from which she has herself drawn pleasure, have cheered the solitude of future female sojourners in the backwoods of Canada.