By 1826, many people were interested in taking advantage of the potential Canada offered, and there was a lot of vacant land - but how to get that land into the hands of the settlers?
Tom Villemaire, Special to Postmedia Network
The year is 688 A.D.
One of the main commercial developments during settlement in Simcoe County — or anywhere in Upper Canada in the 19th century — was the tavern and hotel.
William Nassau Kennedy started his career as a house painter, but ended up having a significant impact both on Canada’s militia and Canada’s prairie provinces.
The Osler family name is famous in Simcoe County - mostly because of the three Osler brothers.
The North-West Transportation, Navigation and Railway Company (NWTNRC) was Collingwood’s introduction to the big time of commercial transportation.
Upper Canada, Canada West and Ontario — different names for the same place. It was built by a wide range of characters: surveyors, soldiers, politicians, miners, entrepreneurs, scrappers and showmen.
Miller Worsley was not some cast-off from the Royal Navy, sent off to Canada to fulfill some half-hearted commitment to the defence of British North America when the United States declared war in 1812.
On March 22, 1902, Orillia council met to secretly plan the takeover of the Ragged Rapids generating station on the Severn River, north of the town.
Sir Thomas Wardlaw Taylor became one of the country’s leading legal lights, as Canada grew from provinces scattered across the top of the continent to a single united nation.
When the French Revolution broke out, like any revolution, there were those who were for it and those who were against it.
The Boys family from Barrie had quite an impact on not just Simcoe County, but also the rest of the province.
As Simcoe County was evolving and growing, individuals often left their marks on the region.
For such a lightly populated, rural county, as Simcoe County was in the 1800s, it seemed to have an undue influence on the development and governing of the country.
When George Back walked through what would soon be Barrie, mid-spring of 1825, he'd already lived an extraordinary life full of adventure and historic acts.
For a place with such a small population, Simcoe County made an incredible contribution to the formation of Canada and Confederation. This column highlights just four of those people.
Sir John A. Macdonald was not only the country’s first prime minister; he was also the last premier of Canada West, what Ontario was called before Confederation.
One of Simcoe County’s early politicians was a fireplug of a man, gifted athlete and admired lawyer.
Georgian Bay, despite being a far flung area, was a tightly knit neighbourhood. And Collingwood, as a solid and speedy link south from Georgian Bay through Collingwood and Simcoe County, played a prominent role in building and linking that community.
A man who did much to keep Canada together grew up on a farm just outside of Barrie and later honed his skills as a negotiator and religious leader in northern Simcoe County – especially in the area of Rama and Orillia.