Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives

The Lumbering Era


Welcome to our new exhibit! Here you can discover the newly digitized primary sources held by the Arnprior and McNab/Braeside Archives that document the lumbering era of the local area and the Ottawa Valley.  

You can now zoom into high detail on the maps and plans, as well as check out  maps of local places of interest relating to Daniel McLachlin and the McLachlin Bros. Lumbering Company.

Daniel McLachlin, Esq. was a lumber baron and entrepreneur in the Ottawa Valley. In 1851, he reinvigorated the small settlement in Arnprior, when he established a lumbering business along the Madawaska and Ottawa Rivers. By 1892, Arnprior had been incorporated as a town and McLachlin boasted the largest lumber yard in the world. Daniel McLachlin was also a politician, and was acclaimed as the first Member of Parliament for South Renfrew in 1867. For a more complete history, see The Saturday Globe newspaper link, made available in this exhibit.

This project, "Daniel McLachlin's Legacy: Exploring the Lumber Era of the Ottawa Valley", has been made possible by the Documentary Heritage Communities Program offered by Library and Archives Canada. Their funding has allowed us to purchase digitization equipment, digitize thousands of pages and update our website to showcase the results. We now have the framework in place to repeat this process for future exhibitions like this one.


Click on the links below to discover the various types of records available to explore!