Lake Simcoe-Lake Huron Purchase

Lake Simcoe-Lake Huron Purchase

The Lake Simcoe-Lake Huron Purchase, registered as Crown Treaty Number Sixteen, was signed November 18, 1815 between the Chippeway and the government of Upper Canada. It purchased a large portion of the lands between Lake Simcoe and Lake Huron, including all of the territory upon which the Penetanguishene Road had recently been cut.

The Penetanguishene Road was cut from Kempenfeldt Bay on Lake Simcoe to Penetanguishene Bay on Lake Huron at the end of the War of 1812 for purposes of providing a military communication route. The land that it occupied was purchased in this treaty for the sum of four thousand pounds. The territory included a quantity of land that would later become parts of the townships of Oro, Vespra, Medonte, Flos, Tay and Tiny in Simcoe County. The total area purchased was approximately 250,000 acres.

The signees of the treaty on the side of the British included Provincial Commissioners Elisha Beman and Henry Proctor, Captain W. M. Cochrane commander of light infantry, Lieutenant Alexander Ferguson of the Indian Department, interpreter Willliam Gruet and J. Givins on behalf of the crown.

The signees of the the treaty on the side of the Chippeway included Kinaybicoinini, Aisance and Misquuckkey. (Chief Misquuckkey in the treaty may be the same chief whom Muskoka was named after.)


* Hunter, Andrew F. A History of Simcoe County. Mackinaw Productions (Oshawa: 1998).
* The text of the treaty is found in the holdings at the Simcoe County Archives in Barrie. The entirety of it is linked to this page for viewing reference:

[ Treaty image #1] [ Treaty image #2]

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