Discover some of the famous fur trade spots in Ontario and experience the wonders of pristine waters running amid colourful foliage and the French “joie de vivre” of the Mattawa, North Bay, Sturgeon Falls and Sudbury residents. Time to hit the road.
Mattawa is the oldest settlement in the Nipissing District. Take some time to stroll on the bridge or by the river to admire the amazing landscape. Go to the museum to learn about the fur trade and first explorers and try with your children to identify the wooden carved statues downtown. They all represent heroes who made the history of the Fur Trade.
North Bay sits on the main canoe route west from Montreal and proudly stands as a divisional terminal for the three major railways of Canada, the CPR, CNR and ONR. North Bay offers great recreational activities to please water and nature aficionados. Be sure to wander over the Heritage Railway Company; children will love it.
Sturgeon Falls is a vibrant community with 85 per cent French speaking inhabitants. Experience the warm hospitality of Northern Ontario in this city shaped by strong traditions and culture. Make time to visit the Sturgeon River House Museum. Built on a former site of the Hudson Bay Company post, it captures and promotes the local history of the area for those who want to learn more.
Mattawa and The French Rivers
Mattawa River is the legendary fur trade route the explorers took from Montreal to Lake Superior and the North West. Paddle past polished rock formations and admire the glow of the sun in pristine water.
The French River flows from Lake Nipissing to Georgian Bay. It was the main water highway to the West from 1600 to 1820. Experience the unparalleled beauty of the river and its scenery paddling around rapids and on calm waters the way aboriginals and pioneers did.
Carved in the rock, this city is “county town” of Francophonie in Ontario. Visitors will enjoy discovering its unique geology with Science Nord centre and Dynamic Earth, visiting the nickel mines that made the reputation of the city or exploring the beauty of the scenery of the Great Spirit Circle Trail and of the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area.