What a horrendous journey it must have been for women with small children. A typical trip would mean weeks crossing the ocean to Quebec, sailing down the St Lawrence River on a steamer to Montreal then boarding a stagecoach to Toronto.
Few complete immigrant pre-1865 arrival lists still exist. It can be frustrating but don't despair, census and newspaper obituaries can help you with arrival year and country of origin.
Try these sites for a possible connection to your ancestor.
LAC Passenger Lists - search by name OR year which is useful for capturing spelling variations.
LAC Home Children - Searcheable database of over 100,000 young children sent to Canada. Many were abused and treated horribly, an ugly blight on Canada.
The Ships List - Search ship arrivals by year and departure place and passenger lists. Amazing site. Lots of fascination and sometimes sad Captains storiesd and nother notes. The site is updated often as more information becomes available so be sure to check back frequently.
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