Ontario Travel Guides

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Waterway Guides

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Ontario Travel Gudies

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.

OTG recently acquired a new website: MyNEwWaterfrontHome.com and has plans to bring new life to that online destination - stay tuned for more on that...

About Us:
Rick and Mary Lyons, owners and publishers of Ontario Travel Guides, are long-time unabashed waterway tourism promoters and enthusiasts, involved in a number of marine tourism enterprises over the years on both the Trent-Severn and Rideau Waterways. In 2007, the couple relocated home and head office from Peterborough on the TSW to Westport on the Rideau. Both locations provide convenient road and cruising access to the historic waterways featured in OTG publications.



Rick Lyons, Co Publisher

For the past 40 years Rick Lyons has been an active management, marketing and media relations practitioner focusing on a variety of recreational marine tourism projects and businesses on both the Trent-Severn and Rideau waterways. Rick LyonsHis professional and volunteer activities have provided him with a sound knowledge of Ontario's waterways and their numerous marine and land based businesses plus the many communities along waterway corridors that rely heavily on maintaining a solid tourism based economy. He designed and managed a unique five year Trent-Severn Waterway Tourism Marketing Initiative with Parks Canada and Human Resources Development Canada plus contributing tourism stakeholders along the entire waterway. This successful international marketing and media relations campaign targeted recreational boaters of all types to vacation along the historic TSW corridor and helped bolster the economic well being of waterway communities. Today, The Trent-Severn and Rideau Boating & Road Guides and now Boating East Magazine keep him cruising along and actively promoting Ontario's prime marine tourism destinations.


Mary Lyons, Co Publisher (the better half)

Mary Lyons

Mary Lyons, an avid boater since childhood (see photo "Mary coming ashore" 1952) has spent 25 years working in publishing at various levels while signed on with Ontario Showcase Magazine, What's On in Ottawa Magazine and Calgary Police Service. Mary managed a highly successful Parks Canada cooperating association(1990-2000) and it is here that she really connected with Ontario's canals and waterway communities. Her work has taught her to embrace the waterway lifestyle and throughly enjoy the warm welcoming people who live along the shore and develop an admiration for the determined entrepreneurs who are keeping resorts and marine businesses alive and growing amid economic ups and downs. Work with OTG's publications keeps her happy and in touch with the many friends she has made along the way.


Jenny Ryan, Editor

Jenny RyanNaturally behind all sound, respected and successful publications lies the editor. Jenny Ryan has carried that OTG mantle on and off since 1994 and was previously responsible for most aspects of guide book production, research, copy and photo editing. Today, Jenny makes her home in Ottawa where she works as a communications specialist. She continues to provide support to OTG in a variety of ways.


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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