Canoe Route to the West – French River Historical Plaque

The turbulent waters of the French River formed a vital link in the historic canoe route from Montreal to the upper Great Lakes.


For more than 200 years, explorers, fur traders, missionaries, and coureurs de bois travelled the route including: Etienne Brûlé, Samuel de Champlain, Jean de Brébeuf, Sir Alexander Mackenzie, and Simon Fraser.

The historical plaque is located in French River Provincial Park, just off Highway 69, beside the southern approach to the French River bridge.

Photo by contributor Brian Bockus – Posted August, 2017

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