As with many northern Ontario towns, the Town
of New Liskeard was shaped by geography and geology.
In the wake of the glaciation era, some 10 000
years ago, rich deposits of clay and top soil
settled on the north shore of Lake Temiskaming
in what has become known as the Little Clay Belt.
The geography of this agricultural landscape forms
a large inverted triangle with its apex at the
town of New Liskeard.
Despite its northern locale, the Little Clay Belt
is a rich agricultural area producing excellent
yields of grains and other crops, and supporting
a large dairy and beef cattle industry. Thus,
New Liskeard is ideally situated as the commercial
and industrial hub for farming areas north of
Lake Temiskaming. Haileybury, its neighbour to
the south is the administrative centre for the
region with a court house, jail and government
offices, and nearby Cobalt has become a mining
town since silver was discovered there in 1903.