About Peter Lockyer

Peter is a former CBC radio and television broadcaster. Peter formed History Lives Here Inc. in 2004. His interest in local history was developed when he wrote his master's thesis [Master of Journalism graduate, Carleton University 1986] on the canning industry of Prince Edward County, once the capital of the industry in Canada. Contact Peter at historyliveshere.ca

The Barley Days

By the mid – 1800s, the pine and hemlock forests of Prince Edward County had been cleared for farmland. The big crop was barley shipped across Lake Ontario to Oswego, New York for the American brewing industry. It was so lucrative, some farmers paid off their farm mortgages in a single season. But it was […]

History of the fishing industry

Prior to the twentieth century, Prince Edward County`s industry was driven by farming, fishing, ship building and shipping. In the mid 1800’s, the rich harvest from the surrounding waters developed into a commercial fishery that supported generations of County families. Sports fishermen made annual trips to local resorts to haul in trophy catches. Fishing became a big […]

The Garden County of Canada

In the early 1880s, a new industry quickly took root in Prince Edward County, the canning of fruits and vegetables. Within a decade, canned produce from this tiny Ontario place was shipped all over the world earning the area its title as The Garden County of Canada. But by the 1970s, increasing competition from other […]

Loyalist Roots

The County is the second largest area of Loyalist architecture, second to Williamsburg. Tour the Loyalist Parkway/ highway #33, which runs from Trenton to Kingston. The United Empire Loyalists, many of whom helped found America from the early 17th century, remained loyal to King George III after the British defeat in the American Revolutionary War.  […]