Local History

The Town of the Blue Mountains was formed in 2001 with the amalgamation of the Township of Collingwood and the Town of Thornbury.  Communities in the municipality include Thornbury, Banks, Camperdown, Castle Glen Estates, Christie Beach, Clarksburg, Craigleith, Duncan, Gibraltar, Heathcote, Kolapore, Little Germany, Loree, Ravenna, Red Wing, Slabtown, and Victoria Corners.

Our Military Heritage : Veterans' stories connected to The Town of The Blue Mountains and more
Our Military Heritage : Veterans' stories connected to The Town of The Blue Mountains and more

The military heritage of the The Blue Mountains shares the stories of community members involved with military service and war efforts from the 19th century to today. This includes spotlights on individual stories, remembrance of community members' sacrifices, and research resources available at the Blue Mountains Public Library.

Then & Now - Town of the Blue Mountains History Project
Then & Now - Town of the Blue Mountains History Project

Photographs, maps, audio and videorecordings of the history of the Blue Mountains. Maintained by the Blue Mountains Public Library.

Historical Photos
Historical Photos

A collection of local historical photographs searchable by community, keyword and year. Originals are held by the Craigleith Heritage Depot. Beaver Valley, Collingwood Township, Blue Mountains.

BiblioBoard - exhibits, digital books and more
BiblioBoard - exhibits, digital books and more

Exciting online exhibits featuring local history, as well as digital books, articles, videos, audio, and other public domain material. Helpful resources for readers, researchers, students.

Virtual Museum - Craigleith Heritage Depot
Virtual Museum - Craigleith Heritage Depot

Visit the virtual museum of the Craigleith Heritage Depot! View exciting local history online exhibits, online weekly programs, and other digital resources available. Great for students, researchers, and other curious minds!

Yesterday's News
Yesterday's News

Historic news bites from Thornbury Review-Herald and Courier-Herald from approx. 25, 50, 100 years ago. Source newspapers are on microfiche at the Craigleith Heritage Depot. May require logging in to Facebook to join the group. Find group on Craigleith Heritage Depot's FB page.

Index to Obituaries in Thornbury, Ontario Newspapers, 1960-2004 by James N. Thatcher
Index to Obituaries in Thornbury, Ontario Newspapers, 1960-2004 by James N. Thatcher

Includes obituaries from the Review Herald, Valley Courier, and Courier Herald from 1960-2004, complied by James N. Thatcher.

Journey of Knowledge
Journey of Knowledge

A helpful guide for viewing the Indigenous History and Culture online exhibit. Created to assist with researchers' learning journeys. Common questions are paired with recommended resources.  

Indigenous History & Culture: Online Exhibit
Indigenous History & Culture: Online Exhibit

On-line exhibit featuring the Craigleith Heritage Depot museum artefact collection along with a related archival and research collection about local Tionontati (Petun) and other Indigenous Peoples who are connected to this region. Films, books and more. See also: Journey of Knowledge - an exhibit companion guide.

Archeion
Archeion

Search Archeion to find records of businesses, individuals, families and organizations from all periods of the province's history (Ontario). The archives described include photographs, diaries, minute books, church registers and municipal records.

Learn about how to search Archeion here.

Archives of Ontario
Archives of Ontario

The Archives of Ontario is the second largest archives in Canada and provides a window into the past for all Ontarians, connecting us with our ancestors, our communities and our government. Access a unique and multi-faceted collection that includes records dating back to the late 16th century and contains everything from hand-written ledgers to electronic files, hand-drawn maps, architectural drawings, photographs, films and sound recordings. Includes online databases, exhibits, research guides and more.

 

Canadian County Atlas Digital Project
Canadian County Atlas Digital Project

A searchable database of the property owners' names which appear on the township maps in the county atlases. Township maps, portraits and properties have been scanned, with links from the property owners' names in the database. Created by McGill University.

Canadiana Online
Canadiana Online

Canadiana Online consists of keyword searchable collections of:  Monographs, Government Publications, and Serials – Periodicals, Annuals and Newspapers.

Censuses - Library and Archives Canada
Censuses - Library and Archives Canada

A database of Canadian censuses from 1825-1926 available online. Transcripts of multiple local censuses available to view in person at the Craigleith Heritage Depot as well.

Clarksburg Sesquicentennial collection from the Virtual Museum of Canada
Clarksburg Sesquicentennial collection from the Virtual Museum of Canada

Did you know that Clarksburg was founded in 1860, or that it celebrated it's 150th birthday - also known as a sesquicentennial - in 2010? In celebration of this occasion, past staff of the Craigleith Heritage Depot collected over 300 photographs of memories from Clarksburg's history to create a Virtual Museum of Canada Community Memories online exhibition.

Digital Archive Ontario
Digital Archive Ontario

Current and historical content, curated by the Toronto Public Library. Includes photos, maps, postcards, city directories of Ontario communities. Contains local material relevant to the Town of The Blue Mountains.

Grey County Census and Cemetery Transcriptions
Grey County Census and Cemetery Transcriptions

Cemetery Transcriptions listed by historic township. Grey County Census information listed by location. Links to PDF documents.

Grey County Historic Communities
Grey County Historic Communities

Images from the Grey Roots Archival Collection. Searchable by map or community name.

Indigenous History of The Blue Mountains | REEL History Video
Indigenous History of The Blue Mountains | REEL History Video

This short film introduces the thousands of years of human history in the Blue Mountains, including the Petun and Wyandot peoples. Presented by the Craigleith Heritage Depot ; produced by Craigleith Heritage Depot, Craigleith Heritage Depot Museum Advisory Committee, Mountain Goat Film Company Inc. Written, produced and directed by Tom Strnad & Tracey Strnad; featuring interviews with Chief Janith English, Dr. Ron Williamson, Charles Garrad; photos, research and archives courtesy of Blue Mountain Public Library, Craigleith Heritage Depot, Archaeological and Cultural Heritage Services, Mountain Goat Film Company.

Indigenous Resources in Archives
Indigenous Resources in Archives

A list of online exhibits, thematic guides and links to archival descriptions and material that relate to Indigenous communities throughout Ontario and Canada.  Compiled by the Archives Association of Ontario.

Indigenous Territories
Indigenous Territories

An interactive map showing traditional territories, languages and treaties of Indigenous people on Turtle Island / North America and other areas of the world. Also see Whose Land.

Ontario Land Registry Access
Ontario Land Registry Access

Search Ontario Land Property Records OnLand is your online information source from the Ontario Land Registration and Writs system. This channel gives you access to official, property-related information and documents.

Our Ontario
Our Ontario

Our Ontario Find digital image, text, audio and video materials about Ontario history, heritage and culture. Search the collections of libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, heritage and community groups, government agencies, and private collections in Ontario and across Canada...via a single search portal. Search results link you to the digital content on the contributing partner's web site.

Petun Research Institute
Petun Research Institute

The Institute conducts and publish interdisciplinary scholarly research particularly relating to the Petun-Wyandot native people. Of particular local interest is: Craigleith and the Birth of the Wyandot Tribe.

Thornbury Townsite Map 1855
Thornbury Townsite Map 1855

Map of Collingwood Township (Thornbury townsite). Created by the Department of Crown Lands, 1855. Available through the Archives of Ontario Visual Database.

Towards Truth and Reconciliation
Towards Truth and Reconciliation

A list of free and openly available resources for those seeking to critically examine colonialism, the legacy of the residential school system, and Indigenous issues in Canada; the diversification of collections as part of the truth and reconciliation process; access barriers for Indigenous peoples to institutionally held archival holdings; the ethics of collection use and digitization. Compiled by the Archives Association of Ontario.

Wyandot Nation of Kansas
Wyandot Nation of Kansas

The Wyandot Nation of Kansas is dedicated to the preservation of Wyandot history and culture and the preservation, protection, restoration and maintenance of the Huron Indian Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas.  The Wyandot Nation of Kansas is proud to be a member of the Wendat Confederacy. 

Ontario History
Ontario History

Back issues of Papers and Records from 1899 through 1915 are now in the public domain. These include over 2000 pages of rare documentary sources for the history of the province of Ontario. Ontario History from Spring 2005 onwards is also available, except the most recent 12 months. Ontario History was originally called Papers and Records until 1946.

Grey County Communities - Century+ Sampler Map
Grey County Communities - Century+ Sampler Map

Sites with the Canada 150 logo, existed at or before 1867, at the same location. This project supported in part by Young Canada Works in Heritage Institutions/Jeunesse Canada au travail. A story map by Grey Roots.

Heritage Property Evaluation
Heritage Property Evaluation

Helpful for historic house and property research. A guide to listing, researching and evaluating cultural heritage property in Ontario communities, part of the Ontario Heritage Toolkit. See pg. 28 for "Researching a Property."

How to Research a Heritage Property
How to Research a Heritage Property

An introduction on how to research a heritage property - a publication of Ontario Heritage Trust. 

How to Research your Home
How to Research your Home

A helpful document for researching house and building history, compiled by Craigleith Heritage Depot staff. See "Documents" section of webpage for the PDF.

Researching Land Records
Researching Land Records

A research guide list to resources at the Archives of Ontario to help you start research into land records.

The Canadian Encyclopedia: Anishinaabek (Ojibwe)
The Canadian Encyclopedia: Anishinaabek (Ojibwe)

Article about the Anishinaabek (Ojibwe) peoples.  Includes images, text and audio-visual resources. Helpful for students and educators.

The Canadian Encyclopedia: Haundenosaunee (Iroquois)
The Canadian Encyclopedia: Haundenosaunee (Iroquois)

Article about the Haundenosaunee (Iroquois) peoples. Includes images, text and audio-visual resources. Helpful for students and educators.

The Canadian Encyclopedia: Huron-Wendat
The Canadian Encyclopedia: Huron-Wendat

Article about the Huron-Wendat peoples. Includes images, text and audio-visual resources. Helpful for students and educators.

The Canadian Encyclopedia: Tionontati (Petun)
The Canadian Encyclopedia: Tionontati (Petun)

Article about the Tionontati (Petun) peoples. Includes images, text and audio-visual resources. Helpful for students and educators.

Treaty 18 Transcription
Treaty 18 Transcription

Transcription of Lake Simcoe-Nottawasaga Treaty No. 18. The municipality of The Town of The Blue Mountains is located within the boundary of Treaty 18 region of 1818 which is the traditional land of the Anishnaabek, Haudenosaunee and Wendat-Wyandot-Wyandotte peoples.