Map of Ottawa River. Detailed map of the highway and roads of Ottawa River with cities and towns
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n 1615, Samuel de Champlain traveled up the Ottawa River and down the Mattawa to Lake Nipissing, then navigated the French River to Georgian Bay and Lake Huron, opening up Canada's great waterway to the West. Today travelers can follow de Champlain's fur-trade route along Highway 17, which parallels the Ottawa River. South of the Ottawa-which divides the rich farmland to the south from the mineral-rich Canadian Shield to the north-is Algonquin Provincial Park, the heart of this rugged wilderness region and hugely popular as a camping, canoeing, and vacation area.
Algonquin Provincial Park [B2-B5] Ontario's oldest and most famous park is a paradise for canoeists and campers with hundreds of beautiful lakes and 1,500 km of well-marked canoe routes. Algonquin's 7,725 km2 of forests, lakes, and rivers have inspired more than 60 books, over 1,800 scientific papers, and the timeless paintings of Tom Thomson. The Parkway Corridor, a 56 km stretch of Hwy 60, allows visitors access to many of the park's attractions. The Visitor Centre has an excellent museum featuring exhibits on the park's history, while the Algonquin Gallery presents wildlife art exhibits featuring paintings and sculptures. The Logging Museum has a saddleback locomotive and restorations of loggers' cabins and equipment.
Bancroft [E5] Its subsoil rich in semiprecious stones, the area around Bancroft is a rock hound's paradise at the edge of the Canadian Shield. Eighty percent of the minerals found in Canada can be found here. Every year Bancroft hosts the four-day Rockhound Gemboree, attracting thousands of gemstone collectors from around the world for field trips, visits to abandoned mines, and demonstrations of gem-stone cutting. Pioneer artifacts are also displayed in the Bancroft Historical Museum, a log house built in 1857.
Minden [E3] Minden is surrounded by pristine lakes, rolling forested hills and kilometers of rugged Canadian Shield. Historically, the village has had to rebuild several times as major fires occurred in 1879, 1890, and 1942. The Agnes Jamieson Gallery features the work of local and regional artists. Next door is the County Town Museum and Pioneer Community offering many activities and heritage buildings, including an 1865 homestead, school house, drive shed, bank, and "wee kirk," or church. Cottages, lodges, resorts, and golf courses are scattered throughout the area.
Pembroke celebrates its heritage with an ever growing number of murals. Now numbering over 20, the murals reveal, among other things, that Samuel de Champlain was the first European to visit the area (in 1613), that Pembroke was a dynamic logging town in the early 1900s, and that it was the first town in Canada to have commercial electric street lights. The Champlain Trail Museum also depicts the history of the Ottawa Valley with artifacts and pioneer buildings. OThe area south of Pembroke on the Ottawa River is top-ranked for Whitewater rafting and kayaking, with many outfitters established along the river. The Ottawa offers a variety of paddling challenges, from gentle rapids for the family to intense Whitewater rapids for the professional rafter. (ЭJust north of Pembroke is the Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories, site of the first nuclear reactor built outside the United States. Summer tours include displays and films on the birthplace of Canada's nuclear program and a visit to a research reactor.
Renfrew [C7] Both the town and county of Renfrew were named in 1820 for the town and shire in Scotland-the ancestral seat of the Royal Stuarts. The McDougall Mill Museum, housed in an 1855 stone gristmill, exhibits period clothing, wartime souvenirs, military uniforms, and a collection of pioneer tools, artifacts, and Renfrew memorabilia. Don't miss Storyland, a 16-hectare park with over 200 fairy-tale characters in natural settings.
Museum Bancroft Historical Museum Hastings Heritage Trail
Agnes Jamieson Gallery County Town Museum and Pioneer Community Clergy House (1870)
Champlain Trail Museum Riverside Park
Pembroke Heritage Murals Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories
McDougall Mill Museum Storyland Bonnechere Caves
Map of Ottawa River. Detailed map of the highway and local roads of Ottawa River with cities and towns