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The Michipicoten Canoe Route

The Michipicoten Canoe Route

Photo by contributor Tyler Kells - Posted April, 2006

The Michipicoten Canoe Route

Photo from Google Street View ©2017 Google - Posted June, 2017

Plaque Location

The District of Algoma
The Township of Michipicoten
In a small park at the south end of the
Highway 17 bridge over the Michipicoten River
6.2 km south of the junction of
Highway 17 and Highway 101 in Wawa

Coordinates: N 47 55.293 W 84 48.319


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Plaque Text

The nearby Michipicoten River formed an important link in the canoe route from Lake Superior to James Bay via the Michipicoten, Missinaibi and Moose Rivers. The route was probably explored at an early date by the French fur traders who maintained a post at Michipicoten. However the first recorded journeys were not made until the 1770's when the Hudson's Bay Company began to establish fur-trading posts along this route inland from Moose Fort. In 1781 Philip Turnor, the Company's first full-time surveyor, made a detailed investigation of the waterway. Considerable improvements were made to the portages along the route which, after 1821, became the Hudson's Bay Company's supply-line for its Lake Superior District.

Related Ontario plaques
Philip Turnor ca. 1751-1800
Canoe Route to the West


Canoe Routes

Fur Trade

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