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The Kaministikwia Route

The Mountain Portage

Photo by contributor Albert Joseph - Posted August, 2011

The Mountain Portage

Photo 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 chain of rivers, lakes and portages linking the St. Lawrence system with the waterways of the prairies had been known to the Indians for centuries when Jacques de Noyon first travelled it in 1688. After 1800, when the boundary settlement had placed the more southerly Grand Portage in the United States, the North West Company re-opened Kaministikwia route, which for almost 25 years was the main highway to the west. From Fort William at the mouth of the river canoes were tracked upriver to this point, the first major obstacle on the route.

Another plaque at this location
The Mountain Portage

Related Ontario plaques
Jacques de Noyon 1668-1745
The Grand Portage
The North West Company
Fort William

Canoe Routes

Fur Trade

Oliver Paipoonge Plaques

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