In the spring of 1783 the first
contingent of U.E. Loyalists sailed in British ships
to the St. John’s
River in New Brunswick. Some families came by boat with
long portages, while
others traveled most of the long, laborious route on foot,
a walk that would consume many weeks.
The land in New Brunswick
was not as favorable as they had first hoped for and within
the next decade they were enticed to move again due to
a proposition from Lieutenant-Governor John Graves-Simcoe.