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The Timiskaming Mission

The Timiskaming Mission

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2006

Plaque Location

The District of Timiskaming
The Town of Cobalt
South on Highway 567 (Silver Centre Road) from North Cobalt
20 km to Old Mission Road
then 4 km east to the end of the road

Coordinates: N 47 17.136 W 79 28.010


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Plaque Text

In 1836 a Catholic mission was established directly across the lake at Fort Timiskaming, a Hudson's Bay Company post, where by 1842 a chapel had been completed. The mission was moved to this site in 1863 and a presbytery was constructed by the Oblates who had commenced missionary work in the region in 1844. A second presbytery was built here in 1867. The Grey Sisters of Ottawa, who had arrived the previous year, then established the first hospital of the Timiskaming District in the old presbytery. In 1878 a frame church, known as St. Claude's, was completed. However, in 1887 the mission was moved to the growing agricultural settlement of Ville Marie in Quebec.


Fur Trade

Cobalt Plaques

Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

> Posted October 24, 2016
My husband and I travelled to Fort Timiskaming a few years ago and toured the museum and the grounds. What an awesome landscape and to think that my ggreat grandfather lived and worked there for the HBC. My trip was a family history quest for Moyse Lavallee, translator and voyageur for HBC at Fort Timiskaming and his Metis wife and children. I was thrilled to know that I might be standing where he may have stood nearly 200 years ago. In looking across the water and at the picture plaque of the same scene, I spied a church across the water which no longer exists. On further investigation at Ville Marie Historical Society, I discovered the archived files of the St. Claude Mission, the same church in the picture. I was ecstatic when I discovered documents further involving my ggreat grandparents. I am thrilled with this discovery and would advise anyone with interest of the Hudson Bay Company and/or Fort Timiskaming to take a trip to this wonderful park and historical monument. The museum and the park monuments show the way of life that the inhabitants had while they were there. Very interesting and very beautiful country. Thank you so much.
Sincerely, Rose Laplante laplantation571@gmail.com

> Posted September 12, 2011
This plaque is somewhat difficult to get to - the road is basically a camp road, single lane, gravel. Not recommended in the winter, but a beautiful location in the summer. It will actually catch you off guard as you come down the highway (which is mostly dirt and gravel itself). A good place for a picnic, if you are so inclined.

> Posted March 25, 2011
This plaque sits on a peninsula some 300 m opposite Fort Témiscamingue National Historic Site, a unit of the national park system. While divided by a modern provincial boundary, the two locations are linked historically. The fort harkens much further back than the Ontario mission of 1836, to the fur trade of the 1600s and 1700s, and the French and British quest to dominate a continent.

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