Ontario's Historical Plaques 

Discover Ontario's history as told through its plaques

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Henry Wolsey Bayfield 1795-1885

Henry Wolsey Bayfield 1795-1885

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2004

James Keating c.1786-1849

Photo from Google Street View ©2015 Google - Posted February, 2015

Henry Wolsey Bayfield 1795-1885

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Plaque Location

The County of Simcoe
The Town of Penetanguishene
In the paid admission area of Discovery Harbour at
93 Jury Drive on the left side of the pathway at
Bayfield's Point of View exhibit

Coordinates: N 44 47.858 W 79 55.893


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Plaque Text

Born in England, Bayfield joined the Royal Navy at the age of eleven and served in many parts of the world. While stationed at Kingston, Upper Canada in 1817, he was put in charge of the Great Lakes survey. Over the next eight years he charted the costal waters of lakes Erie, Huron and Superior. For much of this period Penetanguishene was his base of operations. Bayfield later surveyed the shorelines of the lower St. Lawrence River, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. His charts provided the first reliable guides for thousands of ships navigating Canadian inland waters in the nineteenth century. Nautical surveyors still refer to them today.

Another plaque at this location
James Keating c.1786-1849

Related Ontario plaque
Survey of the Great Lakes



Penetanguishene Plaques

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> Posted August 5, 2009
I just wanted to comment on how nice it was to read of one's ancestors. It has taken me over twenty years of living in Ontario to really get into the family history that is here.
Kathleen Bayfield-Pollock, Stirling, Ontario

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