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French-Canadian Settlement and the CPR in the Mattawa Area

French-Canadian Settlement and the CPR in the Mattawa Area 1834

Photo by contributor Colin Old - Posted November, 2009

French-Canadian Settlement and the CPR in the Mattawa Area 1834

Photo from Google Street View ©2018 Google - Posted April, 2018

Plaque Location

The District of Nipissing
The Town of Mattawa
On the north side of Main Street (Road 533)
just west of the Mattawa River bridge

Coordinates: N 46 19.162 W 78 42.551


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Plaque Text

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.

Another plaque at this location
Mattawa House 1837

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The French Presence in Hearst
French Community in Welland
The French Presence in Cornwall
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French Settlement on the South Shore
Jeanne Lajoie 1899-1930
L'École Guigues and Regulation 17



Mattawa Plaques

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