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Captain William Fitzwilliam Owen

It was probably the war of 1812 that stimulated exploration of our area by the Royal Engineers in search of a safe inland route from Ottawa to Georgian Bay. On his 1815 map entitled "Lake Ontario and the Back Communication with Lake Huron", the world renowned Captain William Fitzwilliam Owen, made note of the mineral wealth of the Crowe Valley.

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