Founding of Haliburton, The

The Canadian Land and Emigration Company of London, England, was incorporated in 1861 and purchased for settlement purposes in this region nine adjoining wilderness townships comprising some 360,000 acres of land. The town plot of Haliburton was surveyed by 1864, a sawmill erected there that year, and a grist-mill built in 1865. Charles R. Stewart was appointed the first resident land agent, and the community was named in honour of Judge Thomas Chandler Haliburton, chairman of the company and famous for his stories of "Sam Slick." Haliburton's early growth was stimulated by the extensive operations of enterprising lumbermen, such as Mossom Boyd, and by the arrival of the Victoria Railway in 1878.


In Sam Slick Park, in front of Haliburton Highland Secondary School, Highway 121, Haliburton

Region: Central Ontario

County/District: County of Haliburton

Municipality: Township of Dysart et al