Morrisburg Swimmers, Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada

Morrisburg Swimmers | N 44.53.47 W 75.10.34 | Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada




People enjoying a late summer swim at the public dock in Morrisburg, Ontario. Several swimmers are standing on the foundations of an old building. The Seaway’s designers and engineers disemboweled Morrisburg, eliminating everything between Lock 23, which defined the waterfront, to the main street of shops and services, which were appended and reassembled as a ‘modern’ strip mall on the outskirts of town. The underwater landscape is part of today’s cultural landscape where the artefacts – to be seen in the shallows, to be waded on or swum over, to be boated to or scuba dived through –help explain and make sense of the fractured, artificial, feel of Morrisburg, Iroquois, Ingleside and Long Sault. These are all designed towns, where the best of 1950s urban planning was imposed on a previously intact cultural landscape.


Morrisburg Swimmers, Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada

Morrisburg Swimmers | N 44.53.47 W 75.10.34 | Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada




People enjoying a late summer swim at the public dock in Morrisburg, Ontario. Several swimmers are standing on the foundations of an old building. The Seaway’s designers and engineers disemboweled Morrisburg, eliminating everything between Lock 23, which defined the waterfront, to the main street of shops and services, which were appended and reassembled as a ‘modern’ strip mall on the outskirts of town. The underwater landscape is part of today’s cultural landscape where the artefacts – to be seen in the shallows, to be waded on or swum over, to be boated to or scuba dived through –help explain and make sense of the fractured, artificial, feel of Morrisburg, Iroquois, Ingleside and Long Sault. These are all designed towns, where the best of 1950s urban planning was imposed on a previously intact cultural landscape.