Little Claybelt Memories

Creator(s): Temiskaming Shores Public Library

A History of Farming in the New Liskeard Area of Northern Ontario

Although the fur and lumber industries predate agriculture in the New Liskeard area of northern Ontario, farming has sustained this small town for over 100 years and still has an impact on its way of life.

With its comparatively short growing season, heavily-forested land and hordes of black flies, the setting seems an unlikely place from which to make a living from farming. But because of a geological phenomenon that formed a rift valley, the farmland surrounding what is now New Liskeard is very fertile. Rich topsoil rests on clay, forming an area now known as the Little Clay Belt, which ranges from just south of Kirkland Lake down to the present-day city of Temiskaming Shores.

In the 1890s settlers came seeking cheap, available land. Each township in the region has its own unique story to tell and over the years, and this Community Memories exhibit contains the writings of local authors and historians who have successfully done just that.

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