Near North Bay in Nipissing District, Ontario — Central Canada
La Vase Portages
The historic La Vase (Mud) Portages began at the head of the nearby pond. These three portages, connecting Trout Lake and the lower La Vase River, were linked by small navigable streams and ponds. They formed part of the great canoe route via the Ottawa and Mattawa Rivers, Lake Nipissing and the French River, leading to the upper Great Lakes and the West, which was followed by the early explorers, missionaries and fur traders. Among many famous men who passed here were:
Father Jean de Brébeuf, 1626; Jean Nicolet, 1634;
Pierre de la Vérendrye, 1731; Alexander Henry, 1761;
and Sir Alexander MacKenzie, 1802.
Erected by Ontario Archaeological and Historic Sites Board.
Location. 46° 18.166′ N, 79° 23.048′ W. Marker is near North Bay, Ontario, in Nipissing District. Marker is on Trans-Canada Highway (Provincial Highway 17) 3.5 kilometers east of Provincial Highway 11, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in a pull-out 3.5 km east of the Highway 11/17 junction. Marker is in this post office area: North Bay, Ontario P0H 1K0, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 6 kilometers of this marker Jean Nicolet (approx. 5.6 kilometers away); The Ontario Northland Railway (approx. 5.8 kilometers away); Reverend Silas Huntington (approx. 6.2 kilometers away).
Categories. • Exploration • Notable Persons • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 28, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 28, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.