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Catharine Parr Traill 1802-1899

Catharine Parr Traill 1802-1899

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted December, 2010

Catharine Parr Traill 1802-1899

Published by Penguin Canada - Posted July, 2006

Plaque Location

The County of Peterborough
The Township of Selwyn
In Lakefield, on the north side of Smith Street
east of Clementi Street

Coordinates: N 44 25.321 W 78 16.617


Plaque Text

A member of the literary Strickland family, the talented author married Lieut. Thomas Traill and emigrated to Upper Canada in 1832. For seven years they struggled unsuccessfully to establish a profitable farm on bushland in Douro Township. Subsequently, they lived at Ashburnham and Rice Lake. In 1862, following her husband's death, Mrs. Traill's daughters purchased "Westove" and she lived here the rest of her life. Her best known book, "The Backwoods of Canada" is based on her pioneering experiences. In her "Studies of Plant Life in Canada" and other works she proved herself a gifted botanist.

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Catharine Parr Traill 1802-1899
Susanna Moodie 1803-1885
Colonel Samuel Strickland 1804-1867



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