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Rockside Background

Located in the southwest corner of the former Caledon Township, the area still known as Rockside was the first area of Caledon Township to be settled. A group of Scottish families who arrived between 1820 and 1825 came to be known in local lore as the Rockside Pioneers.This community, largely made up of settlers from the west of Scotland and initially topographically isolated from the eastern section of the township by the spine of the Escarpment, developed into an internally coherent and distinct entity. This coherence was manifested in the consistent forms and materials of buildings, walls and fences and the lay-out of farmsteads overlaid on the primary land pattern established by the original double front survey and the Niagara Escarpment. The Rockside cultural heritage landscape is still clearly manifest in a mosaic of features, the character defining elements of the area.

For full Rockside CHL report in the 2009 Cultural Heritage Landscape Inventory, please click here.

Silver Creek Background

Situated on the slopes of the Niagara Escarpment, Silver Creek is a relatively small, linear candidate Cultural Heritage Landscape on Kennedy Road where it crosses Silver Creek, the site of an early 19th century grist mill. The area encapsulates the early 19th century settlement cluster that developed around this mill site, which served as a service node for the surrounding farming community until the late 1800s. Silver Creek also represents the beginnings of the Irish Catholic community in Caledon Township, as home to St. Cornelius, 'the Catholic Church of Caledon'. In addition to the area's remnant built heritage features, this stretch of Kennedy Road is characterized by a gravel road surface, roadside Maple tree rows, and views out over the Credit River Valley and down toward Lake Ontario.

For full Silver Creek CHL report in the 2009 Cultural Heritage Landscape Inventory, please click here


For more information, visit the Cultural Heritage Landscape section or contact Sally Drummond, Heritage Resource Officer by email at or by phone at 905.584.2272 x. 4243.