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The Founding of Killarney

The Founding of Killarney

Photo by contributor Wayne Cook - Posted July, 2005

The Founding of Killarney

Photo by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted August, 2017

Plaque Location

The District of Sudbury
The Municipality of Killarney
On the corner of Commissioner Street and
St. Charles Street (Highway 637)

Coordinates: N 45 58.290 W 81 30.692


Plaque Text

Etienne Augustin de la Morandière, fur trader and founder of Killarney, settled here in 1820, when this locality, on the voyageurs' canoe route to the Northwest, was known as Shebahonaning ("narrow channel"). A substantial trading establishment, built by La Morandière on Drummond Island after the War of 1812, was destroyed by fire in 1817, and he moved here permanently after trading for a time at Flat Point, Bay of Islands. La Morandière raised crops and brought cattle to Killarney. Accessible only by water, the settlement grew slowly, though it attracted anglers and was once an active commercial fishing centre. The opening of Highway 637 in 1962 brought this previously remote village and Killarney Provincial Park, within reach of tourists.



Fur Trade

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> Posted March 20, 2016
Good morning. I have so enjoyed learning about Killarney and seeing its history. The first settler was my husband's gggg grandfather. In researching his family's history and going back, I found this page. I am trying to put together some of the family's history. Any help would be appreciated.
Best Regards. Cynthia Streeter cstreeter.t@gmail.com

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