Old Coldwater Road Plaque

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This highway follows much the same route as the ancient Indian portage from the Narrows (Orillia) to Coldwater, the major east-west trail between Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay. Prehistoric Indians, fishing at the Narrows as long as 4,000 years ago, may have come this way. Over this trail in 1615 Champlain travelled with the Hurons to winter at Cahiagué (near Warminster). Hurons and Ojibways, French and British used it as a fur-trading route. Later it served pioneer traffic to mills, stores and steamboat landings. The modern road was cleared in 1830 under Indian Agent T.C. Anderson, for the Coldwater and Narrows Indian Reserve situated here 1830-38.

9289 Highway 12
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