Mattawa in Nipissing District, Ontario — Central Canada
French-Canadian Settlement and the CPR in the Mattawa area
Francophone settlement rapidly increased in the Mattawa area with the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) in 1881. During construction of the rail line, the local economy benefitted from the presence of thousands of French-Canadian workers, some of whom were accompanied by their families. Once the railway was operational, the local lumber industry expanded and Mattawa prospered as a community, a supply and transportation hub, and a lumber depot. Development was also stimulated in the towns to the west of Mattawa along the CPR line - Eau Claire, Bonfield, Astorville and Corbeil - communities that also benefitted from significant numbers of French-Canadian settlers during the 1880s. These people brought with them their unique culture and heritage, and left a lasting Francophone legacy in this area of Ontario.
Erected by Ontario Heritage Trust.
Location. 46° 19.157′ N, 78° 42.547′ W. Marker is in Mattawa, Ontario, in Nipissing District. Marker is at the intersection of First Street (County Highway 533) and Bissett Street, on the right when traveling west on First Street. Touch for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the Mattawa Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 285 First Street, Mattawa, Ontario P0H 1V0, Canada.
Other nearby markers. Mattawa House 1837 (within shouting distance of this marker); Canoe Route to the West (about 210 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Mattawa Route (approx. 0.2 kilometers away).
Also see . . . Mattawa Museum. (Submitted on July 16, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.)
Categories. • Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 16, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.