Go West Young Man
Family tales often speak of the younger generation’s participation in settling newly opened lands within Canada. We hear it said that “the family went west”. However, going west did not always mean that family members left the province. Perhaps that was the original intention of those who were moving on. Quite often though, in searching out our ancestors, we find that they only moved part way across the province. They ended up living west of the earlier generation, but not so far west after all.
Opening New Settlement Regions
In 1870, Haliburton County in Ontario, was a new area to be opened for settlement. About that same time, the government began offering homestead lands out in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and further west. So many families did move first into Haliburton County. Discovering that the lands there were not as suitable for farming as had been hoped. Many families chose to move on again, this time going farther away to settle in western Canada.