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Chimney Island (Bridge Island)

Chimney Island (Bridge Island)

Photos by contributors David & Kellie Clifford - Posted June, 2009

Chimney Island (Bridge Island)

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Leeds & Grenville
The Township of Front of Yonge
On the Thousand Islands Parkway
2.3 km east of Mallorytown Road (Road 5)
opposite the island

Coordinates: N 44 28.194 W 75 50.386


Plaque Text

During the War of 1812 the St. Lawrence was the life-line of Upper Canada along which virtually all military and civilian supplies were transported from Montreal to Kingston. Fear that the Americans might attempt to block the passage of material prompted the fortification of Bridge Island as a shelter for the supply batteaux and a base for British gunboats. A blockhouse was completed early in 1814 and a circular battery with an 18-pounder constructed. These defence works were maintained by a detachment of the 57th Regiment and artillerymen during 1814, but fell into disrepair soon after the war.

War of 1812

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> Posted July 18, 2012
Does anyone know of the story about the 'cottage' or building that was once on the main part of this island - where the chimney still exists? I had heard that it was deliberately set alight by some brothers who were upset that their two sisters had been seen with two white males in this building. I had heard that the doors were barricaded with the two women and two men inside and then the building was set on fire, killing the two couples. Is there any truth to this story?

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