Sarnia’s success stems from its status as a central transportation hub. It acts as a stop-over point between Canadian and American cities. Long ago, it was a trading place for the Native people of the area. The first shipping company to prosper in Sarnia was owned by the Beatty’s. The Beatty boats played an important role in the opening up of the Canadian West. Companies were able to send products via rail to Sarnia, where they could be transferred to boats and shipped across the Great Lakes.

Albino Turtles

Doc Stanton

The Great Storm

The Griffon


Stewart James

Group of Seven

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The Last Frontier

Three Fires

The French



Early Sarnia

Oil Story

Oil Springs




The Rapids

St. Clair Tunnel

The Explorers

Grand Bend

World War 2


Natural Resources

Sarnia Historical Society

Discovery House Museum

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