Ontario Travel Guides

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Waterway Guides

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About us

In 2008, Ontario Travel Guides (OTG) happily added a Boating East magazine to its catalogue. Though it was new to OTG, its legacy dates back to the 1970’s. Boating East is a FREE travel resource directly targeting all types of recreational boaters and covers all the major waterways of Eastern Ontario, Canada. These include the Rideau from Kingston to Ottawa, Trent-Severn from the Bay of Quinte to Georgian Bay, the 1000 Islands and St. Lawrence from Port Hope to Cornwall and the mighty Ottawa River Waterway from Montreal to New Liskeard. In addition, the magazine explores the many boating opportunities along neighbouring New York State waterfront from Sackets Harbor to Ogdensburg. Each year, OTG distributes approximately 25,000 Boating East magazines throughout these five waterway corridors.

Since the early 1990s, OTG published the Trent-Severn Waterway and Rideau Boating and Road Guides, annual publications that provided comprehensive guides to these glorious waterways for boaters and road travellers alike. Though these guides stopped publishing on an annual basis a few years ago, recent editions are still available from our online bookstore.

Our team:

Mary Lyons, Publisher

Mary Lyons

Mary Lyons is the owner and publisher of Ontario Travel Guides. She and her late husband Rick were long-time unabashed waterway tourism enthusiasts who were involved in a number of marine tourism enterprises over the years on both the Trent-Severn and Rideau Waterways. In 2007, Rick and Mary relocated home and head office from Peterborough on the Trent-Severn Waterway to Westport on the Rideau. Both locations provided convenient road and cruising access to the historic waterways featured in Ontario Travel Guides publications including Boating East. Mary has been an avid boater since childhood (see photo "Mary coming ashore" in 1952) has spent 30 years working in publishing. Though Rick is dearly missed his passion for boating, boaters and the hard-working business owners who make our waterways so compelling lives on in Boating East Magazine.



Malcolm Goodwin, Graphic Designer

An interest in fine arts and engineering led Malcolm Goodwin to a field that perfectly marries these diverse disciplines - Technical Illustration. Malcolm trained at Sheridan College, graduating with a Governor General's Award. He has worked in the design field since 1980, first in Toronto, Ontario, then later in Peterborough where he and his wife Lezlie ran a design studio for a number of years.

When the opportunity for change arose, Malcolm accepted a position with Parks Canada, Trent-Severn Waterway. He spent a decade working as their Media Specialist producing publications, exhibits and wayfinding signage.

Malcolm Goodwin

In 1998 Malcolm joined the award-winning company Point of View Visual Communications where he specialized in exhibit design, signage systems and print media.

Coming full circle in 2005, Malcolm went solo once again and founded Goodwin Design, which he runs from his home in Peterborough. He produces corporate communications for print, web, signage, exhibit and donor recognition.

Malcolm's other interests include speaker building, carving, painting and boating.



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