Gore’s Landing: An Historic Hamlet on the South Shore of Rice Lake
The Gore’s Landing Self-guided Walking Tour begins with a short recent history of the hamlet of Gore’s Landing, beginning in 1844. Long before European settlers, the first people to enter the Rice Lake area were the Palaeo-Indians – spear points have been found that are thought to be as old as 11,500 years.
The rolling Oak Ridges moraine and recumbent drumlin islands in Rice Lake give the hamlet an enchanting setting. Its aesthetic appeal reminded many British settlers of the lakes and scenery of their homeland. Their legacy of sketches, paintings and writings has given the hamlet a rich heritage. Fortunately, records for the Township of Hamilton have been preserved to an extent greater than those in many municipalities. Catharine Parr Traill, one of Canada’s foremost early writers, was a resident. Her records give an invaluable glimpse of pioneer life at Gore’s Landing.
Be your own tour guide!
Today, Gore’s Landing residents are proud of our hamlet’s rich history and pleased to share it with visitors. The walking tour guide covers approx. four kilometers in the main section of the village. There is a photo of each house and a description of its origin. I made this walking tour guide using the information (with permission) in “Gore’s Landing and the Rice Lake Plains,” which is no longer in print and I’ve updated it since.
More than 10 copies are $4.00 each. Please send me an e-mail (jane[at]smallbones[dot]ca) with the number you’d lilke.