We now have more than 4,100 recently digitized patent plans on the Archives of Ontario’s Visual Database.
The images are fully accessible and in high-resolution in a zoomable format that allows you to view fine details – and some of the details are very fine detail indeed!
Most, but not all of the Patent Plans are available, although looking through them, I would say that most of them are available. You can check to see if the AO have an original plan at the Archives Descriptive Database.
You can read more about the Patent Plans at http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/about/patent-plans.aspx, and it gives the list of township or town that are available to view. I was looking for Elzivir Township and I found it. It was a list of names, showing where they were located in the township at the time.
Just another tool that you can use to find out exactly where your ancestor was located!