A French Canadian unit played a key role in the War of 1812, in stopping cold an American invasion of Canada, and Hyppolite Brissette fought in that unit at the major battles, eventually becoming wounded. He joined Lt.-Col. Charles de Salaberry’s Canadian Voltigeurs, who fought at the Battle of Chateauguay, portrayed here.

From voyageur to farmer

Hyppolite Brissette was a massive, muscular man with long hair and a flowing beard, covered from his feet to his face with tattoos, which are believed to have been a record of his many travels. A Métis, he roamed much of North America, from Quebec to the Pacific.

A mid-19th-century fur trader checks out the pelts.

Springtime was trapping time

In the late 19th century, newspapers around Simcoe County published series in their papers, giving local pioneers a space to write about their experiences in the early days of settlement.Rev. Thomas Williams was probably the most prolific contributor, mostly to the Orillia Packet (before it merged with the Orillia Times). The Packet and the Barrie

Fort St. Joseph's blockhouse remains.

A long and winding road

David Mitchell - one of the first settlers in northern Simcoe County - took a circuitous route from his birthplace in Scotland before winding up in Huronia.

Illustration of the Battle of Montgomery's Tavern.

Montgomery's curse realized

There's no plaque and nothing fancy at John Montgomery's grave in Barrie's Union Cemetery. Even so, he's possibly the most famous tavern keeper in Canada.

SUBMITTED Simcoe County Warden Gerry Marshall, left, and Grey County Warden Alan Barfoot tour the Business to Retail Networking Event hosted jointly by both counties last week.

Counties partner for event

The counties of Simcoe and Grey partnered to host a unique and highly successful Business to Retail Networking Event last week at the Beaver Valley Community Centre in Thornbury.