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Nine Mile Portage

Nine Mile Portage

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Nine Mile Portage

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2012

Plaque Location

The County of Simcoe
The City of Barrie
In the southwest corner of the small park
on the south side of Dunlop Street East
across from Owen Street

Coordinates: N 44 23.333 W 79 41.279


Plaque Text

Site of eastern terminus of an Indian portage from Kempenfeldt Bay to Willow Creek and thence by the Nottawasaga River to Georgian Bay. In the winter of 1813-14, a force under Lieut-Colonel Robert McDouall followed it on the way to relieve the isolated British garrison at Michilimackinac. That summer it was developed as a rough wagon road and till about 1830 was in frequent use for transport of supplies to Penetanguishene and the western military and fur trading posts.

Related Ontario plaques
Nine Mile Portage and Willow Depot
Willow Creek Depot
Holland's Landing Depot
Glengarry Landing



War of 1812

Barrie Plaques

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> Posted December 3, 2014
The Nine Mile Portage site has been designated part of a National Historic Event, and will presumably be getting a federal plaque from the Historic Sites and Monument Board at some point. "Nine Mile Portage and Willow Depot National Historic Event" was announced on Dec. 1, 2014.
It's puzzling why these locations were named an "event" and not a national historic site. These are places where things happened, not actions with nebulous locations. Glengarry Landing, which is part of the 'event' designation, is a national historic site in its own right. -Wayne

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