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The Peterson Road

The Peterson Road

Photos by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted July, 2017

The Peterson Road

Plaque Location

The District of Muskoka
The Town of Bracebridge
In Muskoka Falls, on the grounds of a church
on Morrow Drive near 4th Street
.7 km north of Highway 118
just east of its interchange with Highway 11

Coordinates: N 44 59.876 W 79 18.005


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Plaque Text

Muskoka Falls was the western terminus of the Peterson Road, a colonization road named after surveyor Joseph S. Peterson. Constructed 1858-1863 at a cost of some $39,000, it stretched about 183 km between the Muskoka and Opeongo Roads and formed part of a system of government colonization routes built to open up the southern region of the Precambrian Shield. Poor soil disappointed hopes of large-scale agricultural settlement along this road both on government "free-grant" lots and on the lands of the Canadian Land and Emigration Company. By the 1870's portions of the route were overgrown, though certain sections aided lumbering and now contribute to the development of an important Ontario vacation area.

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The Peterson Road
Muskoka Road
The Opeongo Road
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Bracebridge Plaques

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> Posted August 10, 2018
This plaque is about 180 m southeast of the 45 degree line of latitude, which marks the theoretical half-way point between the equator and the North Pole. But because Earth bulges a little at the equator, the half-way point when traveling across the planet's surface is 16.2 km north of this parallel.

This plaque has been repainted, under a program to give plaques a fresh look. It's a worthy project, as, over time, all fade and eventually their paint chips. But painters have not been careful when repainting the shield on the coat of arms. The trio of leaves and the cross should be gold, against a blue background, not all gold. -Wayne

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