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Pastimes of Yesteryear, 1840-1867

Michèle Dagenais, Université de Montréal

When did leisure time make its first appearance? How did it develop in the Canadian context? In truth, there has always been leisure. The desire to relax and have fun has almost always existed, although the ways people amuse themselves have definitely changed. Leisure as we now know it first developed in Canadian cities in the 1840s, when industrialization and mechanization completely revolutionized people's relationship with time.


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