The Odyssey of Our Ancestors
Emigrants from Great Britain (1815-1850)
You disembark at Quebec City and continue your journey up the St. Lawrence River to a village called Cornwall, located near the border of Upper Canada. You will stay there for the winter in a cold, drafty barracks. In the spring you will head for your new home. The British captain in charge of your group buys land from the Chippewa and Mississauga Indians. You travel to Brockville, in Ontario, then north to the Rideau River; there you receive a land lot and start to build your home. Continue
You disembark at Quebec City where you establish your loved ones with the family of another soldier. You then sign up to do business with a fur trading company called the North West Company. Work in the fur trade is exciting but dangerous. There are many clashes between you company and its rivals. You love the challenge but your miss your family. Continue
Your farm has prospered. A new brick house now replaces your former log cabin. The house even has glass windows. You are making a good living selling the maple syrup you have produced from the trees on your property.
Your sons cut trees on your property and ship them to the sawmill in Kingston. This is an excellent way to make extra money. You decide to build a sawmill of your own to benefit both you and your neighbours.
The North West Company merges with the Hudson Bay Company and you decide not to stay. You return to Montréal for your family. You have enough money to buy a small farm in the Niagara Region, in Ontario, and you move there to grow fruits and vegetables. You settle near St. Catherines in Ontario. The soil is very rich here. You now have five children who are a great help on the farm.
When the North West Company and the Hudson Bay Company merge, a fellow fur trader decides to return home to Prince Edward Island. You and your family leave Montréal to join him. You grow potatoes in the rich soil of Prince Edward Island and two of your children work in the fishing industry to earn extra money.