Explorers of Muskoka and Haliburton

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, Lieutenant J.P. Catty, R.E., crossed by way of Balsam and Kashagawigamog Lakes and the York and Madawaska Rivers. Lieutenant 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; Lieutenant J. Carthew, R.N., and Lieutenant F.H. Baddeley, R.E., 1835; and David Thompson, 1837.


Near the government wharf opposite Lincoln Lodge Hotel, Highway 117, Baysville

Region: Central Ontario

County/District: District Municipality of Muskoka

Municipality: Township of Lake of Bays