Founder of Pembroke, The

Peter White, born in Edinburgh, was a merchant seaman when he was impressed into the Royal Navy in 1813 and sent to Canada. Following serve on the Great Lakes under Commodore Sir James Yeo, he left the navy and entered the lumber trade in the Ottawa Valley. In May 1828, he first visited the wilderness site of Pembroke and. Attracted by its timber potential, made his headquarters here. One of the area's principal lumber merchants, he also operated a general store and a combined blacksmith shop and leatherworking establishment. A local magistrate for some forty years, White held various municipal offices in the community which grew up around his enterprises. He died in 1878.


On the grounds of the Champlain Trail Museum, 1032 Pembroke Street East, Pembroke

Region: Eastern Ontario

County/District: County of Renfrew

Municipality: City of Pembroke