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Schooner Town

Schooner Town

Photos by Andrew Jones - Posted April, 2018

Schooner Town

Plaque Location

The County of Simcoe
The Town of Wasaga Beach
In the park at the southwest corner of
River Road West and Oxbow Park Drive

Coordinates: N 44 29.424 W 80 02.848


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Plaque Text

The Nottawasaga River formed part of a transportation link between Lake Ontario and the Upper Great Lakes which became a vitally important supply route to British Western posts during the War of 1812. The base of operations for the Royal Navy's vessels on Lake Huron was located here at the foot of navigation on the River from 1815 to 1817. Buildings to house the base were erected in October 1815 by the ship's company of H.M. Schooner "Confiance". Within two years orders were issued transferring the naval establishment to Penetanguishene, where superior anchorage was available and in late 1817 the naval base at "Schooner Town" was abandoned. In 1976 management of the site became the responsibility of Wasaga Beach Provincial Park.


War of 1812

Wasaga Beach Plaques

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