Fenelon Falls’ James Dickson, Provincial Land Surveyor, surveyed many townships into farm lots, as Ontario set about parcelling off practically the whole province for agricultural purposes. Dickson loved outdoor recreation, and has he was surveying the Nipissing District, he saw that it was better suited to canoe tripping than farming. Dickson wrote a guide book for canoe trips through the region, and persuaded the province to create its first park, Algonquin National Park (as it was originally called, even though it was administered by the province). Camping in the Muskoka Region might be seen as the original guide book of Algonquin Park.
Camping in the Muskoka Region: Available Online