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Sarnia is the largest city on Lake Huron, located on the shores of the busiest section of the St. Lawrence Seaway System, where the St. Clair River joins Lake Huron. It is in the traditional territory of the Anishnabek, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), Ojibway/Chippewa peoples. The region experienced rapid growth in the 1830s, after initial settlement. This growth was due to the wealth of timber stands, the discovery of local oil, and the arrival of the Great Western and Grand Trunk Railway in the mid 1800s. With its location on the St Lawrence Seaway System, the city became a prominent deep water port in the 1920s and was later a major petrochemical centre in the Second World War, manufacturing synthetic rubber. For natural history buffs, the local “Stones ‘N Bones” Museum is a must-see. The city also has an art gallery, theatre, and several conservation areas, including the Wawanosh Wetlands and Highland Glen Conservation Areas. Walk, bike, hike, or rollerblade through Canatara Park and the Howard Watson Trail to fall in love with the surrounding nature.

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This community is on the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail.
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Lake Erie
Lake Huron

Traditional Territories

Attiwonderonk (Neutral)


Treaty 29, 1827



City of Sarnia PO BOX 3018 255 North Christina Street Sarnia, ON N7T 7N2 Phone: (519) 332-0330

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