Sherborne Lake History


Location: Sherborne Township

Origin of the Official Name: Geographic Board of Canada. 1936-37

"Named after Sherborne township which was named after the town of Sherborne in Dorsetshire, England" (Source: Ryan, R. (1978) The Evolution of the Mapping of Haliburton County. Toronto: The Department of Geography, York University, unpublished thesis. 95).

According to researcher Elinor Whitten’s personal communication with Liz Cowen, "Sherborne township was named after an old world town where surveyor General Thomas Ridout was born" (Source: Cowen, L personal communications, 1998. Liz Cowen responded by letter to researcher Elinor Whidden’s ad in the local paper looking for origins of lake names in Haliburton.)

Also Known As:
• Trout Lake (MNR archives)
• Hawk Lake (MNR archives)
• Caykagnabelling Lake (MNR archives)
• Kaykakeewahbekung  Lake (MNR archives)
• Caykaquahbekung Lake (MNR archives)

Sherborne Lake/Tout Lake Lake is an example of local people continuing to have their history remembered, even though it creates much confusion (especially for outsiders) about which lake is being referred to.  Sherborne Lake is this lake’s official name; however, many local people still refer to it by its old name, Trout Lake.

Much of the Aboriginal presence in Haliburton County was erased with the arrival of Europeans. Many of Haliburton's lakes were already named before White people came to the area. However, names were changed and replaced by Whites to reflect their own (hi)story. The use of new these names erased the (hi)story of Aboriginal people.

The above information came from: Discovering the (Hi)story of Haliburton Through Its Lakes' Names by Elinor Whidden, a student report prepared for Trent University - Bioregionalism Course, 1998. From the U-Links Centre for Community-Based Research Collection.