Today’s post comes from — you guessed it — Pancake Bay Provincial Park.
Where did the name Pancake Bay come from? The answer changes depending on who you ask.
Ask a local and they’ll tell you one story. Ask a Pancake Bay staff member and they’ll tell you another. Ask a child and they will tell you it’s because the beach is flat like a pancake 😉
But no matter whom you ask, the name is closely tied to the voyageurs.
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We are excited to bring back the Voyageur Adventure Tour to Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park this summer!
Experience the life of a voyageur at the height of the fur trade by paddling a voyageur canoe on the beautiful Mattawa River.
Our knowledgeable guides will help you discover part of our Canadian heritage.
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Today’s post comes from our Discovery Specialist (and history buff), Dave Sproule. Header image source: Minnesota Historical Society.
Over 200 years ago, George Bonga paddled fur trade routes throughout the Great Lakes region.
He also acted as a canoe guide, a translator, and eventually a trader with his own trading posts.
In honour of Black History Month, let’s take a look at the life of George Bonga.
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Today’s post comes from Taylor Bottoms-Cau, a second year Discovery student at Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park.
You’ve likely heard of the Group of Seven, artists who travelled the remote landscapes of Ontario to capture their rugged beauty by brush.
But they weren’t the only artists who travelled rough and painted what they saw!
Fifty years before the Group of Seven, Frances Anne Hopkins was roughing it in a voyageur canoe between Lachine (Montreal) and Fort William (Thunder Bay).
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Today’s post comes from Assistant Discovery Leader Mat St-Jules of Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park.
As your paddle meets the water, look up to the towering cliffs. Pass marshes teeming with activity. Touch trees that set roots hundreds of years ago.
With such incomparable beauty, it’s hard to imagine that Mattawa River Provincial Park is located within a few hours of our province’s largest cities.
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