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