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Bobcaygeon Road

Bobcaygeon Road

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted May, 2005

Bobcaygeon Road

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted August, 2018

Plaque Location

The County of Haliburton
Township of Algonquin Highlands
In Dorset, in a picnic area on the east side of Highway 35
north of Highway 117 just north of the Lake of Bays bridge
at street number 22602

Coordinates: N 45 14.872 W 78 53.513


Plaque Text

This colonization road was designed to open up the districts lying inland from the settled townships. Construction began in 1856 from Bobcaygeon running northward to the interior of Haliburton. In 1858 Richard Hughes was appointed government land agent at Bobcaygeon and directed the progress of settlement. Free grants of land along its route were made to persons fulfilling the required settlement duties. By 1863 the road, sections of which follow the boundaries between Victoria and Peterborough and Muskoka and Haliburton, was completed to the Oxtongue River in Franklin Township. The southern section, between Bobcaygeon and Minden, is still in use.



Algonquin Highlands Plaques

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> Posted February 19, 2014
I am interested in the origin of the Hunter's Bridge that crosses over the Oxtongue River and is the terminus of the Bobcaygeon Road. I would appreciate it if anyone who has information/history of the building of the bridge, surveys, maps etc would contact me. Thank you.
Terry Wilson heatheranne45@yahoo.ca

> Posted March 23, 2009
Are there maps that show the northern section of the Bobcageon Road as it was and the settlements located on it?
Russ viruss@rogers.com

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