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Paisley, Ontario

Paisley is strategically located at the junction of the Saugeen and Teeswater Rivers and only a short drive from the best beaches that Lake Huron has to offer. The area was surveyed in 1855 on land the government had set aside for a town. Early pioneers to the area were Simon Orchard, Samuel Rowe and John Valentine who built a sawmill there. By 1867 a foundry and woollen mill were established and the community prospered. In 1872 the Wellington, Grey and Bruce Railway was completed. In 1874 Paisley was incorporated as a Village.

One of Canada's outstanding artists, David Brown Milne (1882 – 1953) was born on a farm near Burgoyne, Saugeen Township, and raised in Paisley. Milne served as an official Canadian war artist during the First World War. Working mainly in water-colours, he developed a highly personal impressionistic style of painting. Among his better known works are: "Water Lilies, Temagami"; "Painting Places"; "Snow in Bethlehem"; "Rites of Autumn"; and "White Poppy". His paintings are found in many of the public galleries in Canada.

While in Paisley be sure to visit The Treasure Chest Museum. The museum is the creation of Norman Hagedorn. He and his wife Ina devoted their retirement years to collecting antiques -- many of which were brought home from their travels throughout the country and overseas. In 1985, Norman opened his collection as a museum to the public. The museum is owned now by the Village of Paisley.

Saugeen Bluffs Conservation Area is located 8 km north of Paisley off of Bruce County Rd. #3. This campground has close to 200 spacious sites within a mature hardwood setting.

 

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