The La Vase Portage is a 14 km route through unspoiled areas with beaver dams and swamps. The three portages together constitute a key link between the Mattawa River flowing east to Lake Nipissing and the French River flowing west into Georgian Bay.
In 2002, the La Vase portages became part of the Canadian Heritage Rivers System. Indigenous peoples started using these portages, which abound with archeaological treasures, at least 6,000 years before the arrival of the Europeans.
Be sure to visit the La Vase Portage Conservation Area 5.5 km east of North Bay on Highway 17. You will see several historical markers along the highway east of the city pointing out the portage route.