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Burlington Bay Canal

Burlington Bay Canal

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted April, 2004

Burlington Bay Canal

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted February, 2011

Plaque Location

The City of Hamilton
On the east side of the canal between the two bridges

Coordinates: N 43 17.900 W 79 47.730


Plaque Text

The first public work undertaken with the financial backing of the provincial government, Burlington Bay Canal was proposed as one of a series of waterways to provide uninterrupted navigation from Lake Erie to the Atlantic Ocean, it was also championed by area residents as a means of rendering Burlington Bay a usable harbour. In 1823, at the urging of Hamilton merchant James Crooks, the House of Assembly authorized the construction of the canal. Work began the following year and, although not yet finished, the waterway was officially opened by Lieutenant Governor Sir Peregrine Maitland on July 1, 1826. Following delays caused by technical difficulties, Burlington Bay Canal was finally completed in 1832, thereby ensuring Hamilton's rapid development as the commercial centre at the Head of the Lake.



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