Early settlers who arrived in Upper Canada and, the region known today as Ontario, took up properties along the shores of Lake Ontario. They needed both land upon which to build a home and roads upon which to travel from one place to another. From Kingston to Niagara, the land became dotted with farm holdings and small towns. The nearby lake water provided a means of travel from one location to another. There were soon a large number of small schooners sailing from places such as Kingston to York (Toronto) or Niagara to Cobourg. These small vessels moved not only food supplies and goods from one community to another, but people as well.
Arrival of Pioneers
Many of the first settlers were Loyalist families who chose to stay in colonial Canada. Originally they had been among the first families who took up land in what became the United States. Wanting to remain within a British governed settlement, they did not support the goal of independence. After the war for American independence, these families moved onto lands along the north shore of Lake Ontario.
Additionally, other settlers came from England, Ireland and Scotland. Settlers also came from countries in Europe, like Holland and Germany.
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