Elise von Koerber and Swiss Settlement

The establishment of a Swiss settlement in the Parry Sound region was the result of an immigration policy adopted in 1872 that offered subsidized steamship fares and free inland transportation to European settlers. Elise von Koerber was one of several special agents appointed by the Ontario government and by 1877 she had brought several hundred Swiss to Canada.


In Centennial Park, in the vicinity of the former Swiss settlement, off Highway 520, Magnetawan

Region: Northern Ontario

County/District: District of Parry Sound

Municipality: Township of Magnetawan