Survey for ‘Road of Communication from York to Nottawasaga Bay’, (Yonge Street) c.1796
dry point map on tracing paper with pen and ink annotations,
50" x 21" — 127 x 53.3 cm.
Concerned about an American attack on Niagara-on-the-Lake Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe established a new, more defensible, capital at York and commissioned the construction two roads to provide access to the upper lakes. The first, from York to Lake Simcoe was surveyed by Deputy Surveyor Augustus Jones (who wrote to Acting Surveyor General David W. Smith: "His Excellency was pleased to direct me, previous to my surveying the township of York, to proceed on Yonge Street, to survey and open a cart-road from the harbour at York to Lake Simcoe, which I am now busy at (i. e. I am busily engaged in the preparations for this work.)” The second road long called the Penetanguishene Road to continue to Georgian Bay.