Canada has rarely been claimed as the location of Atlantis. In fact the only reference, that I was initially aware of, was by Samuel Poe in a truly dreadful book, in which he claimed that the east coast of Canada and United States had been Atlantean.
Then, Brian Johnston, a retailer of precious stones, created a website(a) advocating Ontario as the location of Plato’s Atlantis. He offers a stone circle and what may be other megalithic standing stones along with many photos of the same as evidence. This is all held together by a large helping of speculation. Finally, after describing in some detail a site in Ontario’s Northumberland County, he concludes that the location “might not be Atlantis!”
*Nevertheless, the idea that the ancient Greeks had an awareness of America has persisted, with some claiming that they had colonies in Canada. Among these are Lucio Russo, Ioannis Liritzis(b) and Minas Tsikritsis(d). Now Manolis Koutlis has gone one further and claims that not only were there Greek colonies in Canada, but that Atlantis had been situated in the Gulf of St. Lawrence(c) .*
Samuel Poe lives in Montana and in the face of strong competition has written what I consider to be the most appalling book on Atlantis that I have read this year. A clue to its awfulness is in the title, The Algonquian Conquest of the Mediterranean Region of 11,500 Years Ago. Without offering any semblance of evidence Poe claims that Atlantis was located along the eastern coastline of Canada and the United States. He then tells us that 11,500 years ago the Mediterranean was invaded by the Carthaginians, but does not explain how he equates the Algonquian with these Carthaginians. *He also fails to tell us how this Carthaginian invasion took place over 10,000 years before Carthage even existed.*
Poe insists that much of his inspiration came from, The History of the Ojibway People, a 1885 book by William W. Warren, who himself was part Ojibway. This book is available online(b).
The book rambles on and on and on. To give a flavour, here is one gem on page 21 – “Of course, the Algonquians settled Italy as it is clearly evident that numerous Italian people show Asian features.” Throughout the book the author irritatingly uses ‘of’ instead of ‘have’; e.g. “may of seen” or “must of filled”.
This is a 282 page book and I got to page 33 before I gave up. However, there is good news. This volume can be read online(a) so you can sample its delights without risking your money.