Royal Sappers & Miners Monument Unveiling

Lock at the isthmus, the last ascent to the Summit Water of the Canal from Lake Ontario; 1841 Thomas Burrowes, watercolour (Archives of Ontario - from Passfield, 1982)
Event Date(s) 
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Thirteen members of the Royal Sappers & Miners died at the Isthmus near Newboro, ON while building dams, locks and cutting a channel for the Rideau Canal. The canal cut under the directions of Col. By and the Royal Engineers brought in the Royal Sappers and Miners to complete the work that had previously devastated the civilian workers due to deaths by malaria. Between the spring of 1829 and the end of December 1830 they along with 250 civilian workers completed the construction at that site. The cemetery next to the British Ordnance and Royal Sappers & Miners headquarters and construction camp has been restored by volunteers. With the assistance of the Last Post Fund a monument bearing the names of the 13 soldiers who died will be unveiled. A Memorial Service and recognition of these men will be held in the Royal Sappers and Miners Cemetery, Highway 42, Newboro on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. It is fitting that these soldiers who help build this Nation should be honoured on the 150th Anniversary of Canada becoming a Nation.

Contact Details 
Neil Patterson
Veterans' Affairs Canada // Anciens Combattants Canada
Newboro, ON