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Because Oil Springs was the first place in Canada and North America to drill commercially for oil, the knowledge that was acquired there led to oil drillers from Sarnia travelling the world teaching other nations how to drill for oil.
Lake Huron is cooler than the air in summer and warmer than the air in winter; therefore, it moderates Sarnia's humid continental climate, which makes temperature extremes of hot and cold less evident.
After the War of 1812, the first Europeans in the area were French settlers loyal to the British Crown who moved north from Detroit.
They successfully traded with the Three Fires Confederacy, which contributed to the growth of the area.
In this capacity, he visited two small settlements in 1835 that had been laid out on the shores of Lake Huron.
One of these, named "The Rapids," consisted then of 44 taxpayers, nine frame houses, four log houses, two brick dwellings, two taverns and three stores.
It accommodates double-stacked rail cars and is located next to the original tunnel, which has been sealed.
The Three Fires Confederacy also broke several treaties with the United States prior to 1815, but finally signed the Treaty of Springwells in September of that year and ceased all hostilities directed at the United States.
Sarnia Bayfest, which used to be the largest event in Sarnia annually, was a popular music festival that took place during the summer.
In 2013, organizers cancelled the event because of money troubles but are taking an "indefinite hiatus" while planning for the future.
The wealth of adjoining stands of timber, the discovery of oil in nearby Oil Springs in 1858 by James Miller Williams, and the arrival of the Great Western Railway in 1858 and the Grand Trunk Railway in 1859 all stimulated Sarnia's growth.
The rail lines were later linked directly to the United States by the opening of the St. Clair River at Sarnia in 1890, by the Grand Trunk Railway, which was the first railroad tunnel ever constructed under a river.