East and West Hawkesbury Townships, Ontario, Canada
Including the Town of Hawkesbury and Village of Vankleek Hill
History and Genealogy
Also, the Carillon Dam and Canal

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Painting by Ruth McMillan in 1976
Shows the Head of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada in 1893
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New November 25, 2020: 
Original Lock Number 1 of the Carillon Military Canal, 1914
Picture Source: The Ottawa River Canal System, by Normand Lafreniere, Parks Canada, National Historical Parks and Sites Branch, 1984, ISBN 0-660-11553-0, page 29. Keywords: Argenteuil County Historical Society
Lock Number 1 at Carillon, 1914

March 9, 2020: Text Block Source: Page lxxiv in The Upper Ottawa Valley to 1855, by Richard Reid, ISBN 088629-061-9 Keywords: Canoeing, Philemon Wright
Text Block time before the Carillon Dam

January 27, 2020: Keywords Oka, Long Sault, Carillon Rapids, Chute a Blondeau, Long Sault Rapids, Fur Trade Source for this text is Footnote 29, page 46 in the book William E. Logan's 1845 Survey of the Upper Ottawa, by Charles H. Smith and Ian Dyck, 2007, Canadian Museum of Civilization, ISBN 978-0-660-19662-6.
Text Block about the creation of the Carillon dam from 1830

January 31, 2020: Ottawa River Canals and the Defence of British North America, by Robert Legget, 1988, University of Toronto Press, ISBN 0-8020-5794-2. The photograph next is from page 176 of the above book.
Carillon Canal Portage Railway

February 1, 2020:
Barge on Carillon Canal, transporting sand and gravel From the Book Ottawa River Canals and the Defence of British North America, by Robert Legget, 1988, University of Toronto Press, ISBN 0-8020-5794-2
Barge in Carillon Canal

March 29, 2011:
Map Source: McGill University Digital Atlas Project, 1879 Map showing Hawkesbury Village in 1881, Ontario, Canada
Map showing Vankleek Hill Village in 1881, West Hawkesbury Township, Ontario, Canada
March 29, 2019:
Here is a terrific book: William E. Logan's 1845 Survey of the Upper Ottawa Valley, by Charles H. Smith and Ian Dyck. This book was published by the Canadian Museum of Civilization in 2007, ISBN 978-0-660-19662-6. The book transcribes Sir William Logan's diary and notes written in 1845 when he made an epic trip along the Ottawa River from Lachine to Lake Temiskaming. Lots of detailed maps and information on early settlers. The following drawing is from his book. The following picture is from page 45. Drawing by Sir William Logan at Carillon Dam in 1850
September 18, 2012:
Source for text below: History of the Counties of Argenteuil, Quebec and Prescott, Ontario, page 564 Vankleek Hill was founded by Simeon Vankleek, a Dutchman from New York State, USA. He was a United Empire Loyalist (UEL) Vankleek Hill, Ontario, Canada


The Ontario Genealogical Society, Ottawa Branch has the following publications related to Vankleek Hill in their Library: Greenwood Cemetery - Vankleek Hill, West Hawkesbury Township, Prescott County, Ontario McLaughlin Cemetery, Vankleek Hill, Chamberlain Township, Prescott - Russell County, Ontario Jeannette Logan, Margaret Patenaude Report for Abandoned Cemeteries: Higginson Family Cemetery Lot 66, Vankleek Hill, West Hawkesbury Township, Prescott County See the Library Catalogue for more details. You can also search for Prescott and Hawkesbury, for example. Musée Vankleek Hill Museum is sponsoring a Family History Weekend on October 27 and 28, 2012.
March 6, 2014: As early as 1879, there was a canal and a dam located between what are now the villages of Carillon, Quebec and Pointe Fortune, Ontario on the Ottawa River. See map below and the photograph:
Map Source: McGill University Digital Atlas Project
Carillon Dam, Ottawa River, 1879 map
March 21, 2019:
Photo Source below: History of the Counties of Argenteuil, Quebec and Prescott, Ontario, by C. Thomas, page 163 Carillon Dam, Ottawa River, in 1850

Photo Source below: Ottawa Waterway, Gateway to a Continent, by Robert Leggett, page 236
Construction of the Carillon Dam, Ottawa River

April 16, 2019: Here is the major book for researching canals on the Ottawa River: The Ottawa River Canal System, by Normand Lafreniere, Parks Canada, National Historical Parks and Sites Branch, 1984, ISBN 0-660-11553-0. During the time of Samuel de Champlain, the fur traders, the logging industry and the steamboats, this set of rapids presented a major obstacle to travellers on the river. The most recent dam was constructed beginning in 1959. At that time, an early canal (see map) was shortened and there is only one lock on the canal today. Here is a wonderful photograph taken by Ian White in 2013:
Carillon Dam, Ottawa River, Photo taken by Ian White, 2013
February 2, 2020:
Overview photo of Carilon Dam From the Book Ottawa River Canals and the Defence of British North America, by Robert Legget, 1988, page 204 University of Toronto Press, ISBN 0-8020-5794-2, keywords Point Fortune / Pointe Fortune
Overview photo of the Carillon Dam

March 17, 2019:
Source for the following text image is History of the Counties of Argenteuil, Quebec and Prescott, Ontario, by C. Thomas, Montreal, 1896, page 191. Carillon Dam, Ottawa River, Text Block


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March 12, 2019:
Charles Hamilton, from Hawkesbury, First Anglican Bishop of Ottawa Photo Source: Anglicanism in the Ottawa Valley, edited by Frank A. Peake, page 45 Charles Hamilton, First Anglican Bishop of Ottawa, Canada keywords: Protestant Churches, lumbering industry

The View from a Steamer heading west towards the Carillon Dam Source: Picturesque Canada page 155
November 11, 2019:
Carillon Dam text from Picturesque Canada

November 21, 2020:
20. The steamer Duchess of York at Carillon 21. Locomotive which Carried Passengers from Carillon to Grenville
Source: The Ottawa River Canal System by Normand Lafreniere, Environment Canada, 1984, ISBN 0-660-11553-0, page 62. Two photos at the Carillon Dam

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