Sparrow Lake History

The Sparrow Lake Historical Society is dedicated to preserving and promoting local history in the area of Sparrow Lake, Ontario, Canada.

The Sparrow Lake Historical Society annual spring meeting will be held Saturday May 30, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Severn Bridge Community Hall. Lori Oschefski of Orillia, CEO of the British Home Children Advocacy & Research Association, will be giving a presentation on the history of British Home Children in Canada. Lori will also talk about author Cecilia Jowett, who was a home child with connections to Orillia, Stephen Leacock, Longford Mills and Sparrow Lake.

Winter 2015 Newsletter
Sept 2014 Newsletter

douglasbrucePhoto at Left: Mnjikaning Elder Mark Douglas at SLHS meeting Sept. 27, 2014 speaks about the heritage of his First Nation at the narrows of Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching, national historic site of the 5000-year-old Fish Weirs, one of the oldest human developments in North America.
Photo at Right: Simcoe North MP Bruce Stanton gives a presentation about the Trent-Severn Waterway at a SLHS meeting Sept. 29, 2012.

Sparrow Lake Historical Society was established in 1984 and incorporated in 1992 as an affiliate member of the Ontario Historical Society. The purpose of the Society is to record and tell the local history of the lake and it’s environs, from Severn Bridge to the east, the Big Chute to the west, and all the Severn River in between, concentrating on the early saga of the many summer resorts and lodges on Sparrow Lake and the pioneer families that established them, including such names as Schultz, Roehl, Darker, Tresidder, Stanton, Franklin, Heidman, Stein, Bennett, Bagley, Nichols, Monahan, Doolittle, Jones, Bowers, Wiancko, Miller, McLeod, Maguire, and Clipsham.

Members and visitors enjoy informal meetings Spring, Summer and Fall with field trips to resorts and summer homes with historical significance. A memorial plaque was commissioned and dedicated by the Society on August 22, 1999 at Port Stanton to commemorate early pioneer Thomas Stanton and his wife Ellen Franklin who founded the village and contributed greatly to the early development of Ontario’s tourist industry.

James Stanton and his wife Mary Lou, David Stanton and his wife Ann.

Donations toward the upkeep of this website are gratefully accepted. Donations of $15 or more will be acknowledged with annual membership to Sparrow Lake Historical Society.
Please forward website corrections and additions to webmaster Steve Stanton via email to stanton34(at)
Official Historical Society business can be addressed to President Ken Thomson – hamlet(at)

See also the Sparrow Lake Association of Cottagers and Residents for modern issues and events around Sparrow Lake!

Preserving the Past for the Future