Learn a little Ontario history as told through its plaques
"Tiger" Dunlop 1792-1848
Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted October, 2004
The County of Huron
The Town of Goderich
From Highway 21 north of Goderich, turn left (west) onto Airport Road then almost immediately left (south) onto River Ridge Crescent. Follow this street to an end-of-road yellow and black diamond. Turn left at the diamond and go down a hill and park. Walk around a gate then left on to a rail-trail. Follow the trail for about .3 km until you see a small sign on the right side of the trail marked with the word TOMB and a small arrow
Coordinates: N 43 45.538 W 81 42.086
In the nearby tomb is buried Dr. William Dunlop, physician, author, woodsman, soldier, politician and raconteur. Born in Scotland, he served in Canada as an army surgeon during the War of 1812. His writings, including articles based on his residence in India 1817-19, won him a place among the witty contributors to Blackwood's Magazine with the title of "Tiger". In 1826 he emigrated to Upper Canada. As "Warden of the Forests" for the Canada Company, he assisted John Galt in opening up the Huron Tract and in 1827 founded Goderich. Dunlop was member for Huron 1841-46 and wrote two books about Canada.
War of 1812
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> Posted May 20, 2012
Got lost trying to find the badly marked tomb today. I'm sure that next time we try we will get to see the plaque pictured...it wasn't today. Goderich is still a beautiful town despite the tornando.
> Posted July 23, 2011
As first time visitors to Goderich, we decided to take a trekk to visit the tomb. However, the directions on the "official" town map was unclear, the directions on the sign at the end of Tiger Dunlop Road was very vague. Nothing on the path was clearly marked out nor did the trail feel safe to tread. To encourage more tourism to "Canada's Prettiest Town" the town should make directions (and trails) clearer. Thank you.
> Posted August 22, 2009
Thats not true, take a look in the local museums and you'll see that Goderich has a very rich history which remains unknown to most of its citizens
> Posted June 22, 2009
It's odd that the person that founded Godrich is the only one to have done anything of historical significance since then, in that region.
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