It’s Wayback Wednesday, sponsored by Jamie Lockwood, broker/owner of Sutton Group Muskoka Realty!
Traditional place names determined by the Indigenous peoples were often changed by Euro-Canadian explorers, surveyors, and settlers. Early nomenclature for locations would often be determined by honouring squatters who had already arrived on the land. Such was the case, for example, for Walker Lake, where Robert Walker had built a sawmill by the time the survey came though.
We may never know who first called these lakes “Little Sand” and “Big Sand,” or how long ago. It would seem safe to assume, however, that the “sister lakes” were later named by surveyor John McAree to honour his late sister-in-law, Isabella, and her twin, his wife Rebecca.
Excerpt from Bella & Rebecca, The Sister Lakes.
Don’t miss out on Doppler!
Sign up here to receive our email digest with links to our most recent stories.
Local news in your inbox three times per week!