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Explorers of Muskoka and Haliburton

Explorers of Muskoka and Haliburton

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted August, 2018

Explorers of Muskoka and Haliburton

Photo by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted May, 2017

Plaque Location

The District of Muskoka
The Township of Lake of Bays
In Baysville, on Baysville Terrace just east of Bay Street
1 block south of Highway 117

Coordinates: N 45 08.947 W 79 06.786


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Plaque Text

Following the War of 1812 expeditions traversed the wilderness between Lakes Simcoe and Muskoka and the Ottawa River, seeking a route across Upper Canada less open to attack than by the St. Lawrence and Lake Ontario. In 1819 Lieut. J.P. Catty, R.E., crossed by way of Balsam and Kashagawigamog Lakes and the York and Madawaska Rivers. Lieut. Henry Briscoe, R.E., and Ensign Durnford, R.E., ascended the Muskoka in 1826, proceeding via Lake of Bays, Lake Opeongo and the Petawawa. Other expeditions through Muskoka were led by Alexander Shirreff, 1829, Lieut. J. Carthew, R.N., and Lieut. F.H. Baddeley, R.E., 1835: and David Thompson, 1837.


Lake of Bays Plaques

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