|Statement||Algoma Central & Hudson Bay Central Railway Company.|
|Series||CIHM/ICMH Microfiche series = CIHM/ICMH collection de microfiches -- no. 87094|
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The Ontario government also passed legislation in to enable the migration of farmers from barren lands in older parts of the Province, such as Haliburton County, to areas such as the Lesser Clay Belt through the exchange of land.. In spite of numerous rocky outcrops some farming was successfully established within the Great Clay Belt, however, it proved to be impractical because of the. The amount of cleared, farmed land in the northern Clay Belt peaked in at nearly , acres, but then entered a persistent decline. By j acres were under plow. But now, northern farmers and their advocates say there are . for new farmers or established farmers wanting to expand their farms. While the Clay Belt region in northern Ontario has a history of farming, much of the arable land located within the Highway 11 corridor is overgrown with brush, grasses or in some instances, forested land. The problem, until now, has been that the Crown holds that land, keeping it off-limits to farmers. Of the 16 million acres on Ontario’s side of the Great Clay Belt, only a small fraction is in private hands. It’s not all pristine old-growth forest; instead, many plots are themselves farms that were settled in the early 20th century and failed, with the title reverting to the province.
Only three of these CLI maps for the Ontario Clay Belt were published, 42 G (Kapuskasing), 42 H (Cochrane), and 42 A (Timmins). The three maps for Ontario indicate no arable land in Classes 1 or 2, i.e. the two highest ratings, but there is a good deal in Class 3, basically the lowest acceptable level for practical purposes. The Temiskaming & Northern Ontario Railway, the present Ontario Northland, put out many pamphlets extolling the virtues of the land in the Northeast. These broadsides went to Britain,Europe and the United States. Some bright spark in government seized on the Great Clay Belt as a settlement opportunity. This area stretches from Hearst to the Quebec. , acres of farmed land in Northern Ontario. The Great Clay Belt (GCB), (Figure 1), in Northeastern Ontario consists of million acres of land, 35% of which is covered in coniferous forest and 28% in mixed forest. Potentially fertile glaciolacustrine and morainal . Now, the builder-turned-farmer crops betw acres on 80 parcels in the Little Clay Belt in the Timiskaming area. He also has a million bushel capacity grain elevator, and runs a trucking business. His farthest parcel is a two-hour drive away, so a local farmer crops that one for him.
Land Inventory, the Northern Clay Belt region represents 9%, 50% and 68% of Ontario’s Class 2, 3 and 4 lands, respectively, which are suitable for cultivation for a fair-to-wide range of crops with. The Great Clay Belt of Northern Ontario Twenty Million Acres of Virgin Soil Await the Farmer's Plow and Reaper. In New Ontario's Great Clay Belt All Can Strike it Rich. Available Farming Lands are Being Rapidly Settled. Where men with Determination, Good Health and Strength need have No Fear of Failure. Secretary Conditions in the Clay Belt: of New Ontario BY B. E. FERNOW, LL.D. COMMISSION OF CONSERVATION NORTH-EASTERN ONTARIO Scale of Miles Conditions in the Clay Belt of New Ontario Toronto, 28th December, Honourable Clifford Sift on Chairman, Commission of Conservation Ottawa, Ont. For Northern Ontario, opportunity manifests as the , sq. km. area known as the Great Clay Belt. This ancient glacial lake bottom encompasses the Ontario census areas of Cochrane, Timiskaming, and Abitibi County in Quebec. Out of 29 million acres of .