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The Mattawa Route

Mattawa Route

Photo by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted May, 2017

Mattawa Route

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted November, 2011

Mattawa Route

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The District of Nipissing
The Town of Mattawa
On a cairn in front of a building on the northeast corner of
Main Street (Road 533) and Mattawan Street

Coordinates: N 46 19.117 W 78 42.362


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Plaque Text

When west-bound voyageurs left the Ottawa here at Mattawa, "the forks," they faced 11 portages in the next 64 km. The Mattawa, or Petite-Rivière, was a key link in the historic canoe route between Montreal and the upper Great Lakes and the Northwest, for its headwaters are separated from Lake Nipissing and the Lake Huron drainage only by the La Vase portages. This route had already been used for millennia by Indians before it was first seen by Europeans in the early 17th century. For more than 200 years thereafter, it was one of Canada's main highways of exploration and commerce.

Related Ontario plaques
Lake Nipissing
Canoe Route to the West
La Vase Portages


Canoe Routes

Mattawa Plaques

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