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First Nations in Hendrie Valley

Hendrie Valley was the location of many First Nations’ footpaths and water routes. These paths converged in the Valley and served to link Hamilton Harbour to Iroquois villages on the escarpment. British Loyalists arriving from the United States in the late 18th century expanded these transportation routes connecting them to Old Guelph Road and Snake Road (once a toll road near the Valley Inn Hotel). Other First Nations’ trails can be seen by the intentional disfiguring of trees. Two examples of “marker” trees have been identified in Burlington denoting the trail between the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario. For more information click here.