Welcome

The Ramara Historical Society was established to research, document, collect, classify, preserve and edit material illustrating the founding, settlement and development of the former townships of Rama and Mara, which is the geographical area now known as The Township of Ramara and the Chippewas of Rama First Nation.

Meetings

All meetings are open to the public and begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Udney Community Centre (Hwy. 12 east from Orillia to Concession Road 10, Ramara). Following the business portion of the meeting members share items linked to the monthly Heritage Theme and light refreshments are served. Click Here to view Flyer for Pancake Breakfast

Ramara Township

Ramara is a township municipality in Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada.

Location: Approx. 75 miles or 120 KM north of Toronto.

Total area: 419.2km

Population of Ramara Township: 9,275 (2011)

YESTERYEARS
Yesteryears Celebration 2017 will be hosted on the grounds of The Church of Saint Columbkille. Yesteryears a celebration of Ramara’s past. We hope that you and your family enjoy the historic displays and demonstrations and are inspired to discover and preserve your own cultural inheritance.
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Ramara and Brechin

– A History –

  • Ramara is on the shoreline of Lake Simcoe and Couchiching and the passage between the lakes is known as the Narrows.
  • A national historic site of first nations fishing weirs is located in the Narrows.
  • People have been fishing here for over 5000 years.
  • Scientists discovered wooden fishing spears stuck deep in the peat moss underwater, the age of the wood indicated it had been there for thousands of years, placed there by the very first native settlers.
  • Portage pathways have brought people to Lake Simcoe and the Ramara area for several hundred years.
  • Champlain traveled the water and portage routes through Ramara over 400 years ago
  • This was before any paved highways, so they relied on railroads to bring people here.
  • A century ago Brechin’s population was 250, it had 3 railway stations
  • The population is now 9275 as of 2011
Frank Cooper & Bill Hutchinson on wagon
Mike & Ron RHS Banner

Ramara on the Map

Certificates of Authenticity

Contact Information

Adrienne Davies

Position: Chairperson
Phone:  705-329-2677

Mike Harrington

Position: Vice Chairperson
Phone:  705-484-1442