Early European settlers became interested in the area surrounding Crawford Lake for farming and lumber. In 1883, George Crawford bought the lake. Ownership of the property changed to his son Murray in 1885. The Crawford Family once operated a lumber mill at the south end of the lake.
Over the years, many stories were told about the mysterious waters. For example, one late winter day, while men were carrying lumber on a horse drawn sleigh over the frozen waters, the ice broke and the horses, sleigh and lumber fell into the water and sank to its lower depths. Legend has it that the horses lie undisturbed at the lake bottom, until they awaken at sunset.
At this hour of the day, any unlucky person standing on the shore of the lake may see the horses eyes glowing red from the lake bottom. They are understandably unhappy about their untimely death.
During the depression, the Crawford family attempted to operate a resort near the lake and later built a cottage and boathouse for their family to enjoy. Part of the foundation of the cottage still stands along the shore. Look closely and you might also see stone stairs that once descended to the boathouse.
In 1898, Murray Crawford and R. Corrigan became co-owners of the lake and formed the Crawford Lake Company. It was then that the name of the lake changed from, ‘Little Lake’ to ‘Crawford Lake’. In 1969, Lloyd Crawford, Murray’s son, sold the lake and surrounding woodlands to the Halton Region Conservation Authority (now Conservation Halton).
Click here for a map of and directions to Crawford Lake. Stop by…if you dare.