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The Huron Road

The Huron Road

Photo by contributor Heather Macdonald - Posted June, 2006

The Huron Road

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2018

Plaque Location

The Region of Waterloo
The City of Kitchener
Off Huron Road beside a walkway on the south side of the
parking lot for the Waterloo Regional Museum

Coordinates: N 43 24.038 W 80 26.250


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Plaque Text

In 1827 Dr. William "Tiger" Dunlop of the Canada Company opened the line of the Huron Road some 153 km from Goderich to Guelph whose townsites were established that year. Improved in 1828 to promote the sale of Company lands in the 405,000 ha Huron Tract, comprising parts of modern Huron, Perth, Middlesex and Lambton Counties, the route is now followed by provincial Highway 8 from Goderich to Waterloo County. Passing through Wilmot and Waterloo Townships to the Hespler area, via Haysville and Strasburg, it then approximated the present course of provincial Highway 24 to Guelph. Townships were surveyed and 5,905 persons, mostly immigrants, had by 1840 settled in the Huron Tract.

Related Ontario plaque
"Tiger" Dunlop 1792-1848
Pioneers of the Huron Tract 1828-1928


Kitchener Plaques

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