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Benares House, located on the border between Clarkson and the neighbouring community of Lorne Park, was built in 1918 and inhabited by four generations of the Harris and Sayers families. Rumored to be the inspiration for Canadian author Mazo de la Roche's famous "Whiteoak Chronicles" (or "Jalna series") novels, the Benares estate and most of its contents were donated to the Ontario Heritage Foundation in 1968 by the great-grandchildren of Captain Harris. The site was fully restored and opened to the public in 1995. Benares now houses an interpretive gallery and hosts special events including monthly screenings of Hollywood classics, including the 1935 movie "Jalna" based on the first novel in Mazo de la Roche's popular series. Within the Clarkson/Lorne Park community, there are numerous streets dedicated to Ms. Roche, namely "Jalna Ave." and "Mazo Cres.", located in Lorne Park, and Clarkson, respectively.

In addition to discovering these historic sites, visitors may also explore Rattray Marsh. This ecologically sensitive wetland is the last remaining lakefront marsh between Burlington, Ontario and Toronto, and provides superb opportunities for bird watching while strolling along boardwalks and well-maintained trails. Amazingly abundant displays of white trilliums, the floral emblem and provincial flower of Ontario, may be seen in late April and early May.


Clarkson is home to the Clarkson GO Station, the transportation hub of the community, located on the Lakeshore West line. Local transit service is provided by Mississauga Transit routes 8, 13, 23, 37, 37A, 45, and 45A, all of which feed into the GO station. Clarkson is also near the interchange of highways 403 and QEW. The main roads in the area are Lakeshore Road West, Southdown Road, and Royal

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