introduction section

Through the heart of southwestern Ontario runs the Sydenham River, a lifeline for plants, animals and people for thousands of years.

welcome to the sydenham riverThe Sydenham River’s main branch is over 165 km long, and crosses three county lines. Thousands of kilometers of tributaries, creeks, and streams that flow through the river’s watershed.

This web exhibit will take you on an exciting journey through one of Ontario’s most charming regions. Explore the Sydenham’s distinct biology and the lay of its land. Get to know the people who came to its forests and built its villages. Or try out the settler’s life for yourself in the games section; no matter what you decide to do first, we hope the site inspires you to explore the unique history of your own community.