Life

The battle of Fort Oswego in upper New York state, was a success for the Royal Navy, thanks in part to the actions of Miller Worsley.

Navy hero remembered locally

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.

The dam at Swift Current on the Severn River was built as a replacement to the poorly sited Ragged Rapids facility and had the advantage of being built with more federal funds and being part of the Trent-Severn Waterway.

Orillia played hardball

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.

Thomas Taylor later in life, after he retired from his legal profession in Manitoba.

Wild inspiration for lawyer

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.

Fancy Shawl Dancer at the Barrie Native Friendship Centre pow wow, 2014. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network

Celebrating Lake Simcoe with a Pow Wow

On July 22, Celebrate Lake Simcoe returns to Innisfil Beach Park - with a significant cultural celebration, in partnership with the Barrie Native Friendship Centre. The Festival will present Innisfil's first-ever Pow Wow.

Planting the family "tree" - a small blue spruce - in 1947, marking the 100th Anniversary of the Black family's emigration to Innisfil. Submitted

My Canada... The family "tree"

My sister and I search Innisfil Beach Park, east of the picnic pavilion. Where is the blue spruce tree?It was planted on June 28, 1947, 70 years ago, to commemorate 100 years since the Black family first emigrated from Tyrone, Ireland. We left without finding the tree.

John Franklin, describing his arrival at Point Humphreys, used George Back's illustration of the same event.

An early portrait of Canada

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.

Barrie resident Agnes Bernard married the man who would become Canada's first prime minister, propelling her to the forefront of Canadian high society.

Confederation’s key players

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.