The Odyssey of Our Ancestors
Emigrants from Western Europe and China (1880s)
After four weeks aboard the ship, you disembark at Quebec City. You take the railway to Rousseau in the Muskoka District of Ontario. The Canadian government offers jobs with modest wages, which help you become more settled. You are working hard but making little progress developing the land provided by the government. Continue
After four weeks aboard the ship, you disembark at Quebec City. You take the railway to Kinmount, northwest of Toronto, Ontario. Family members find work on the Victoria Railway in Kinmount; however, once the job is finished they are out of work. Your land still needs a lot of work. The conditions here are not much better that those you faced in Iceland. Continue
You decide to leave your new settlement and join another group of Icelanders on a journey north of Lake Winnipeg, in the Northwest Territories. You live in an Icelandic reserve established by the Canadian government. You are allowed to create your own laws and set up your own schools. The reserve is called New Iceland.
You stay in Rosseau and continue to clear the land and make a new settlement. Seasonal jobs in the timber industry help your family survive. You leave Rosseau and go north to Sudbury, Ontario, where several of your family members find work in one of the new mines. You decide to settle there.
You leave crops behind and sell your livestock at low prices so that you can join other Icelanders in moving west to a new settlement north of Winnipeg. After a short stay in New Iceland, you and your family move to a new life in North Dakota, United States.
You stay in Kinmount, Ontario, and raise a family of five. During harvest time, family members seek work on other farms to help pay the bills of your farm. You leave Kinmount and move to Toronto where your love of books leads to a job in a library.