City of Sarnia, 1940s Christina Steet looking south
Just over one hundred years ago, on May 7, 1914, Sarnia became a city. The day was filled with celebrations and the crowd that gathered along Front Street gave a loud welcome to Canada’s Governor General, the Duke of Connaught and his daughter Princess Patricia. A small village sixty years earlier, Sarnia had grown into a major industrial, manufacturing, and transportation centre.

As part of the celebrations, in 2014 the Museum and Archives created a tour of historic Sarnia buildings. Throughout Sarnia visitors and residents could explore the downtown and watch for stories and photos from the city’s past.  The public could follow brightly coloured orange markers in the windows of Sarnia buildings or the interactive Historypin tour.

The panels have since be removed, but you can still download the free Historypin app onto your smartphone and experience the tour by walking the streets of Sarnia. Read the stories and compare the historic images with the current streetscape. Researchers can also follow the tour from a personal computer at home.

Explore the Sarnia: We Built This City tour on History Pin.