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The Desjardins Canal

The Desjardins Canal

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted April, 2004

The Desjardins Canal

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted October, 2010

Plaque Location

The City of Hamilton
In Dundas, in a park on the northeast corner of
Cootes Drive and East Street North

Coordinates: N 43 15.962 W 79 56.667


Plaque Text

In pioneer days waterways provided the essential means of transportation. Dundas, located at the head of navigation on Lake Ontario and the eastern terminus of the "Governor's Road", was thus in a favoured position. However, in 1823 the government authorized the construction of a canal for larger vessels through Burlington sand-bar. Since its completion would make the shallow approach through Coote's Paradise marsh inadequate, Pierre Desjardins, an enterprising settler from France, formed a company in 1826 to build a canal there. Opened in 1837, it contributed greatly to the development of this region until the completion of the Great Western Railway in 1853, when the Desjardins Canal gradually fell into disuse.



Other Plaques in Dundas
Dundas Mills
The Dundas Town Hall
The Founding of Dundas
Griffin House

Hamilton Plaques

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