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
Painting by Ruth McMillan in 1976
Shows the Head of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada in 1893
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
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
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.
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.
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
March 29, 2011:
Map Source: McGill University Digital Atlas Project, 1879
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.
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)
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
March 21, 2019:
Photo Source below: History of the Counties of Argenteuil, Quebec and Prescott, Ontario, by C. Thomas, page 163
Photo Source below: Ottawa Waterway, Gateway to a Continent, by Robert Leggett, page 236
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:
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
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.
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
keywords: Protestant Churches, lumbering industry
The View from a Steamer heading west towards the Carillon Dam
Source: Picturesque Canada page 155
November 11, 2019:
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.
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