Mattawa in Nipissing District, Ontario — Central Canada
Canoe Route to the West
Here, when the canoe was the principal means of travel, explorers, voyageurs, missionaries and others bound for the West, left the Ottawa River and followed the Mattawa River to Lake Nipissing, the French River and the upper Great Lakes. For over 200 years the Mattawa River formed part of the route linking the St. Lawrence River settlements with the vast interior of the continent. Among the historic figures who passed here were: Samuel de Champlain, 1615; Jean Nicolet, 1620; fathers Brébeuf, 1626, and Lalemant, 1648; Radisson and Groseilliers, 1685; La Vérendrye, 1731; Sir Alexander Mackenzie, 1794; and David Thompson, 1812.
Erected by Archaeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario.
Location. 46° 19.126′ N, 78° 42.391′ W. Marker is in Mattawa, Ontario, in Nipissing District. Marker is at the intersection of Water Street and Main Street (County Highway 533), on the left when traveling north on Water Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in Veterans Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Mattawa, Ontario P0H 1V0, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Mattawa Route (within shouting distance of this marker); French-Canadian Settlement and the CPR in the Mattawa area Mattawa House 1837 (about 240 meters away).
Categories. • Exploration • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
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 59 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 16, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.