“The French speaking families of Ignace Cazelet, Jean-Baptiste Pare and Joseph LaForge arrived (in Sarnia) 1807-1810. Other settlers, many of Scottish descent, came in 1832-1834 folllowing the 1829 survey of Sarnia Township. A community called “The Rapids”, renamed Port Sarnia in 1836, soon developed and among its prominent early residents were Richard Vidal, George Durand and the Honorable Malcolm Cameron. Called Sarnia after 1856, the village flourished, stimulated by regional lumbering activity, nearby oil discoveries and the arrival of the Great Western and Grand Trunk Railways in 1858 and 1859, respectively. Later, Sarnia became a significant transshipment port for western grain. Incorporated as a town in 1856 and as a city in 1914, Sarnia is one of Canada’s important petro-chemical centres.”
Historical Plaque erected by the Ontario Heritage Foundation, Ministry of Citizenship & Culture, Alexander MacKenzie Park, Front Street, Sarnia
Sarnia officially became the Corporation of the City of Sarnia on May 7, 1914. The occasion was highlighted by a visit from the Governor General, H.R.H.The Duke of Connaught and his daughter, Princess Patricia. At that time, the population of the newly created city was recorded as 10,985.
Sarnia has a rich history:
- as a transportation hub
- Petrochemical industry
- With the people of Aamjiwnaang
- Prominent & generous benefactors
- Political figures who contributed both to Sarnia, Ontario & Canada
- Arts & culture
- Health care
- Talented people
During the Centennial year, we will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the City of Sarnia and its people. With your help, we will be bringing history to life and making it relevant to you.
We are also interested in learning about your memories and history with Sarnia. Please share your stories with us.