Andrew Lucas was one of the first to have made the pilgrimage to the seeps. Sometime in the early 1830’s, word of oil in the swamps attracted Lanark settlers. The swamps, with their mosquitoes and malaria had impeded widespread European settlement into the late 1830's - forever securing its moniker as "Canada West's Last Frontier”.
Lambton's first look at the modern world was probably the voyage of the ship “Walk on the Water” in 1821. It would have sailed past the French in Detroit and the Three Fires Confederacy on Walpole Island – an intriguing sight for both.