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The Pembroke and Mattawan Road

Pembroke and Mattawan Road

Photo by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted May, 2017

Pembroke and Mattawan Road

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

Plaque Location

The County of Renfrew
The City of Pembroke
In a park on the north side of Pembroke Street West
across from George Street

Coordinates: N 45 49.775 W 77 08.295


Plaque Text

Constructed primarily as a supply route to the lumber camps in the Upper Ottawa Valley, this Colonization Road was begun in 1853 and opened the following year as a winter road from Pembroke to the mouth of the Mattawa River. The relocating of a portion of the road between Petawawa and Point Alexander in 1863 and improvements on other sections resulted in the opening of some 64 km for year round traffic in 1867. Eight years later the entire 158 km were completed. Some sections of the road were later incorporated into the present Highway 17, but a long section of the original road remains between the Canadian Forces Base Petawawa and Deep River.


Pembroke Plaques

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