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Champlain's Journey of 1613

Champlain's Journey of 1613

Photo by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted May, 2017

Champlain's Journey of 1613

Photo by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted May, 2017

Champlain's Journey of 1613

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

Plaque Location

The County of Renfrew
The Township of Whitewater Region
In Cobden, behind the Visitor Centre
in a park with a tall flagpole
on the north side of Highway 17

Coordinates: N 45 37.740 W 76 52.745


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Plaque Text

The Father of New France, Samuel de Champlain, made the first of two voyages into what is now Ontario in 1613. He travelled up the Ottawa River seeking the northern sea (Hudson Bay) which one of his five companions, Nicolas de Vignau, claimed to have seen. The expedition struck inland above Lac des Chats and followed a chain of small lakes towards present-day Cobden. Here, on June 7th, Champlain visited with the Algonkin chief Nibachis. Later the party met with the Algonkin elder Tessouat at Allumette Lake. Not wanting the French to travel into Nipissing territory, Tessouat convinced Champlain that Vignau had lied about having seen the northern sea. Champlain, his plans thwarted, returned downriver.

Related Ontario plaques
Champlain in Ontario, 1615
Champlain's Astrolabe
Champlain's War Party, 1615
Samuel de Champlain (died in 1635)
Gateway to Huronia

Related Toronto plaque
Samuel de Champlain's Journeys Through Ontario



Whitewater Region Plaques

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