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History of Ontario, Canada

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 Ontario, Canada

"Ontario is Canada's most populous and second-largest province. It stretches from Canada's southernmost point at Middle Island in Lake Erie in the south, to the Manitoba-Ontario border on Hudson Bay in the north, and from the banks of the St. Lawrence River in the east, to the Manitoba border in the west. The name Ontario, from a Huron word sometimes translated as meaning "beautiful lake" or "beautiful water," is apt, since lakes cover 17 per cent of the province's total area of just over one million km2." www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca

"Ontario acquired its name from the Iroquois word “kanadario”, which translates into “sparkling” water. The earliest recording of the name Ontario was in 1641 where it was used to describe a mass of land on the north shore of the easternmost part of the Great Lakes. The British settlers had originally called the land that covered Quebec, Ontario, and part of the United States all as Quebec. It wasn’t until the British enacted the Constitutional Act in 1791 that Ontario would be known as the land upstream from the St. Lawrence River, or Upper Canada, and Quebec considered the land downstream from the St. Lawrence River, known as Lower Canada. In 1867, Ontario and Quebec officially became separate provinces." www.nrcan.gc.ca



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  • 1774 - Quebec Act passed, Ontario region added to Quebec Province

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ onztimeln.htm

  • 1784 - Over 9,000 United Empire Loyalists settled in (now) southern Ontario

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ onztimeln.htm

  • 1791 - Upper Canada founded (future Ontario)

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ onztimeln.htm

  • (1812 - 1814) War of 1812, Upper Canada chief target of Americans due to large population of American immigrants

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ onztimeln.htm

  • 1841 - Upper and Lower Canada united by Act of Union to form Province of Canada; Upper Canada became Canada West, Lower Canada became Canada East

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ onztimeln.htm

  • News 1855 - The first modern game of ice hockey was played, in Kingston, Ontario


  • 1867 - New Brunswick and Nova Scotia joined Ontario and Quebec in the new Dominion of Canada; Honourable Sir Narcisse-Fortunat Belleau appointed first lieutenant-governor; Pierre-Joseph-Oliver Chauveau became first premier

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ pqztimeln.htm

  • 1869 - The Ontario Government asks for an appropriation to erect and asylum for the 1,000 Canadian lunatics.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 30, 1869

  • 1871--Population of Ontario 1,620,851

    www.statcan.gc.ca

  • 1873
    ONTARIO, a province of the Domi­nion of Canada, bounded on the N.E. and E. by the province of Quebec; on the S.E., S.S.W. and W. by the River St....Read MORE...


  • 1875 - Construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway began at Fort William, Ontario

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ onztimeln.htm

  • 1884 - Boundary dispute resolved between Ontario and Manitoba

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ onztimeln.htm

  • 1886 - The first Workman's Compensation Act was passed in Ontario

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ onztimeln.htm

  •  Ontario, Canada
    Birds Eye View of Barrie, Ont. Canada
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  • 1906 - Hydro-Electric of Ontario was created, first publicly owned electric utility in the world

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ onztimeln.htm

  •  Ontario, Canada
    International Bridge showing Customs House, Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada
  • News 1916 - July 29 – In Ontario, Canada, a lightning strike ignites a forest fire that destroys the towns of Cochrane and Matheson, killing 233.

    www.wikipedia.org
    July 29, 1916

  •  Ontario, Canada
    Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada
    Collegiate Institute
  • 1954 - First crude oil reached Sarnia, Ontario through pipeline from Edmonton

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ onztimeln.htm

  • 1965 - 10,000 postal workers in Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia struck for higher wages

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ onztimeln.htm



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Birds Eye View of Barrie, Ont. Canada

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International Bridge showing Customs House, Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada

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Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada
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History and News of Ontario, Canada

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  • 1774 - Quebec Act passed, Ontario region added to Quebec Province

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ onztimeln.htm
  • 1784 - Over 9,000 United Empire Loyalists settled in (now) southern Ontario

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ onztimeln.htm
  • 1791 - Upper Canada founded (future Ontario)

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ onztimeln.htm
  • (1812 - 1814) War of 1812, Upper Canada chief target of Americans due to large population of American immigrants

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ onztimeln.htm
  • 1841 - Upper and Lower Canada united by Act of Union to form Province of Canada; Upper Canada became Canada West, Lower Canada became Canada East

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ onztimeln.htm
  • News  1855 - The first modern game of ice hockey was played, in Kingston, Ontario
  • 1867 - New Brunswick and Nova Scotia joined Ontario and Quebec in the new Dominion of Canada; Honourable Sir Narcisse-Fortunat Belleau appointed first lieutenant-governor; Pierre-Joseph-Oliver Chauveau became first premier

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ pqztimeln.htm
  • 1869 - The Ontario Government asks for an appropriation to erect and asylum for the 1,000 Canadian lunatics.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 30, 1869
  • 1871--Population of Ontario 1,620,851

    www.statcan.gc.ca
  • 1873
    ONTARIO, a province of the Domi­nion of Canada, bounded on the N.E. and E. by the province of Quebec; on the S.E., S.S.W. and W. by the River St.... Read MORE...

  • 1875 - Construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway began at Fort William, Ontario

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ onztimeln.htm
  • 1884 - Boundary dispute resolved between Ontario and Manitoba

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ onztimeln.htm
  • 1886 - The first Workman's Compensation Act was passed in Ontario

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ onztimeln.htm
  • 1906 - Hydro-Electric of Ontario was created, first publicly owned electric utility in the world

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ onztimeln.htm
  • News  1916 - July 29 – In Ontario, Canada, a lightning strike ignites a forest fire that destroys the towns of Cochrane and Matheson, killing 233.

    www.wikipedia.org
    July 29, 1916
  • 1954 - First crude oil reached Sarnia, Ontario through pipeline from Edmonton

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ onztimeln.htm
  • 1965 - 10,000 postal workers in Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia struck for higher wages

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ onztimeln.htm

Ontario, Canada Genealogy

Genealogy Resources for Ontario

CE Anderson & Co, The Province of Ontario Gazetteer and Directory Montreal Supplement, Robertson & Cook, Toronto, 1869.

Ontario, Canada, Catholic Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1802-1967

The Province of Ontario Gazetteer and Directory: Containing Concise Descriptions of Cities, Towns and Villages in the Province, with the Names of Professional and Business Men and Principal Inhabitants, Together with a Full List of Members of the Executive Governments, Senators, Members of the Commons and Local Legislatures, and Officials of the Dominion, and a Large Amount of Other General, Varied and Useful Information, Carefully Compiled from the Most Recent and Authentic Data Henry McEvoy January 1, 1869 Robertson & Cook


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