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 annual Summer Outing this year was a visit to the Muskoka Steamship & Discovery Centre in Gravenhurst, with an informative discussion with “Mr. J.P. Cockburn.”
At the annual SLHS Fall Meeting and potluck dinner on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Severn Bridge Community Hall, there was an informative presentation on the conception, building, and operation of the Orimat Road, which travels west from Torpitt Road following along the Severn River.

Mark your 2017 calendar for the Annual Spring Meeting at Severn Bridge Community Hall at 7 pm on Saturday, May 27, 2017.

Spring 2017 Newsletter
Summer 2016 Newsletter
Winter 2016 Newsletter
Summer 2015 Newsletter
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 Sara Clipsham – saraclipsham(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