"French River - Voyageurs Historic Center" Grundy Lake Provincial Park by yooperprof

An interesting roadside interpretative site

The Ontario Provincial Government has created a stunning historical center/museum on the roadside access to the historically significant French River. It's alongside Highway 400, the route linking Sudbury to Toronto.

The French River played a vital role in the fur trade from the early 18th to the mid 19th century, providing an important link between Lake Huron and Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River region to the east. With their sleek efficient canoes, it was possible for the voyageurs (and their First Nation guides) to paddle almost all the way - there was only a relatively short "portage" between the different watersheds.

I was very impressed how the design of the new heritage center so nicely blends into the landscape of the river valley.

Its sensitive engineering and design means that this is a building in harmony with its environment.

Interesting displays inside as well. I didn't have time to catch the short film, but I'm sure it's quite good as well.

  • Last visit to Grundy Lake Provincial Park: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated Nov 4, 2006
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