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The Mountain Portage

The Mountain Portage

Photos by contributors Peter and Gloria - Posted July, 2012

The Mountain Portage

Plaque Location

The District of Thunder Bay
The Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge
At Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park
30 km west of Thunder Bay via Highway 11
on the south side of the Visitor Centre parking lot

Coordinates: N 48 24.081 W 89 37.501


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Plaque Text

This portage around Kakabeka Falls formed a link in the historic Kaministiquia canoe route connecting Lake Superior with Lake of the Woods and the West. First recorded in 1688 by the French explorer Jacques de Noyon, it was later abandoned in favour of the shorter Grand Portage-Pigeon River route. The latter came under American control following the treaty of 1783, and in 1798 the older route was rediscovered by Roderick McKenzie. From 1803 onward, the Mountain Portage was used by fur traders, explorers, soldiers, and surveyors including Simon McGillivray, David Thompson, Sir George Simpson, Sir John Richardson, Simon J. Dawson, and Col. Garnet Wolseley.

Another plaque at this location
The Kaministikwia Route

Related Ontario plaques
Jacques de Noyon 1668-1745
The Grand Portage
Great Dog Portage
Simon James Dawson 1820-1902
The Wolseley Expedition 1870


Oliver Paipoonge Plaques

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