Historic Canoe Routes in the Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, area
Some Interesting (but easy) Day Trips



May 6, 2010:

This summer, we'll be doing some canoe trips, within a couple of hours drive from Ottawa. This playing, er, working, will
involve taking photos for this (and other) web pages on Bytown or Bust. We'll trace some of the canoe routes used by the
raftsmen during the timber trade and those used by the Voyageurs during the fur trade.

Sidney, shown below in the centre, is keen to go on some of the trips.

On the Water  Sidney, the best Cocker Spaniel Canoe Portage Sign 


Dow's Lake to Long Island - an easy trip along the Rideau River, except for the portages around Hartwell's Locks, Hog's Back and Black Rapids. Right in the centre of Ottawa! Ompah Area, many lakes including Mosque, Palmerston, Crotch (Cross) and Canonto. Taylor Kennedy's Madawaska River System page (Algonquin Park to the Ottawa River at Arnprior). Fitzroy Harbour and Morris Island (Changing Topography on the Ottawa River, over time, due to Rapids and Dams).
May 11, 2010:
The canoe portage route used by the Voyageurs was located on the north side of the Chaudiere Falls. The excerpt, below left, is from Freshwater Saga: Memoirs of a Lifetime of Wilderness Canoeing in Canada, by Eric W. Morse, page 69. See also our Latchford page. The photo and text, below right, is from Exploring Ottawa, by Harold Kalman and John Roaf, page 193. Canoe Portage Route at Chaudiere Falls, Gatineau / Hull, Quebec, Canada Canoe Portage Route at Chaudiere Falls, Gatineau / Hull, Quebec, Canada

July 31, 2010:
Photo Source: Birchbark Canoe, by David Gidmark, page 138 Birch Bark Canoe at Maniwaki, Quebec in 1959
See a general history of the Birch Bark Canoes in the Ottawa / Gatineau area. Keywords: Charlie Smith, River Desert Algonquin, Maniwaki, David Makakons, Rapid Lake Algonquin See also our page for Native Canadian History in the Ottawa area


October 17, 2010:
Photo Source: Al Lewis, www.bytown.net Canoe Launch, Mississippi River at Ferguson's Falls An important fur trade and lumber industry route. (There is a good parking lot here) Canoe Launch, Mississippi River, Ferguson's Falls, Ontario, Canada
Photo Source: Al Lewis, www.bytown.net Mississippi River, Ferguson's Falls, Ontario, Canada
December 17, 2010: Source: Ottawa Citizen, December 15, 2010, page A6 Keywords: Birch Bark Canoe, John Enys, Canadian Canoe Museum at Peterborough, Ontario, Canada Birch Bark Canoe - 250 years old in 2010
December 18, 2010:
Source: Hunting and Fishing in Canada: A Turn-of-the-Century Treasury, page 45 Portaging a birch bark canoe down the middle of the rapids, Canada, c. 1900



September 8, 2011:
The Bytownmobile at the Canoe Launch at Fitzroy Provincial Park, September 8, 2011 Canoeing at Fitzroy Provincial Park, 2011 Canoe Launch at Fitzroy Provincial Park, 2011

November 6, 2011:
The canoe on top of the 1928 McLaughlin Buick is the grandfather to the green canoe pictured above! Photo Source: Destination Algonquin Park: Tracks to Cache Lake and the Highland Inn, by Donald J. Beauprie, General Store Publishing House, 2011, ISBN 978-1-926962-11-5 Canoe on Racks on 1928 McGlaughin Buick

April 30, 2012: Finally, canoeing is back in the Ottawa area, although the wind is brisk. These photos were taken at the W. A. Taylor Conservation area on the Rideau River, just south of Manotick, in Osgoode Township. The lady in the back of the canoe is a descendant of the well-known Lindsay family from Kars in North Gower Township. See pictures of the Lindsay ancestral home and an example of early boat building by the Lindsay family on our North Gower web page. W.A. Taylor Conservation Area, Rideau River, Ottawa, Canada Lindsay family canoeing on the Rideau River, 2012
February 18, 2013: Hi I wanted to introduce Louise Tanguay www.louisetanguayphoto.com to you and a Photo Workshop we`re presenting this September 6-9 on the Dumoine River. Louise is an exceptional photographer and teacher who runs photo workshops all over the world. I m pleased she has agreed to run one on the Dumoine, as I believe it is a beautiful place that she and her students will enjoy. We will be using the Dumoine Rod and Gun Club as our base and photographing 5 different land/riverscapes....Grande Chute, Cranberry Bog, Old Growth Forest, Canadian Shield Cliffs and Birch Grove Wilderness lake.I m coordinating the logistics and adding some local history commentary. I was hoping you might mention it to your readership. We will be working with CPAWS to create a photo tribute to bring attention to the Dumoine Valley which is a candidate for Aquatic Reserve Status from the Quebec Government. For further information on the Dumoine Photo Workshop see www.louisetanguay.com scroll down to workshops. For information about the History of the Dumoine including links to your website see www.dumoinewatershed.blogspot.com Wally Schaber
March 4, 2013: On the Road, Again. The photo below shows three birch bark canoes on display at the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario. The top canoe was built by William Commanda (see photo and story), a traditional Algonquin canoe builder from Maniwaki, Quebec. Birch Bark Canoe built by William Commanda, Maniwaki, Quenec
March 29, 2013: New e-mail address for Wally Schaber has been incorporated in the list below. ... Al
May 21, 2013: The Historical Society of the Ottawa Valley presents: Guest Speaker: Ron Bernard May 22nd 2013 At the Champlain Trail Museum in Pembroke, Ontario Canoe Builders of Pikwakanagan Ron Bernard from the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan (Golden Lake) will be talking about the canoe builders of his community. The talk will be happening at 7 pm in the Founders Hall of the main Museum building. Admission is by donation. This is part of our May Speaker Series for the Champlain 400th anniversary.
New October 8, 2014: Thanks to Taylor Kennedy for sending along this photo of the Five Finger Rapids on the French River in 1925.
French River, Ontario, Canada - Five Finger Rapids in 1925 Credit: Canada. Dept. of Interior / Library and Archives Canada / PA-049821 Restrictions on use: Nil Copyright: Expired.

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