The history of Mississauga's Wolfdale Road

Modern Mississauga and Heritage Mississauga have come together to present an ongoing series called “Way Back Wednesday”
We’ll share information about the history of Mississauga here and answer your questions.

Today’s topic is the history of Mississauga's Wolfdale Road.

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We have all likely travelled along Wolfedale Road at some point in time. Wolfedale Road is a historic route of travel that was originally surveyed in 1806, and was given the numerical designation of Second Line West. Its modern road names comes in association to the Wolfe family, who operated a farm along its route for several generations.

Peter Wolfe (1774-1846), the patriarch of the family, received a land grant in historic Mississauga in 1808. He was also a militia veteran of the War of 1812. His son, John (1804-1880) purchased land along what is now Wolfedale Road in 1835, and over the following years acquired other parcels nearby.

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John and his wife Elizabeth (nee Cooper) would raise eight children here: Peter, Susannah, Samuel, David, George, Martha, Nancy and John Jr. Sons Samuel, George and John Jr. would all establish farms in and around Wolfedale Road over time. Samuel’s son, Joseph Wolfe (1863-1931), continued to farm along Wolfedale road.

The former Wolfe farmhouse, built c1910, survives today as a commercial building at 3427 Wolfedale Road: an older road named for an old family.

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