Opeongo Road

This was one of the "colonization roads" authorized by the Province of Canada in an attempt to open up the districts lying inland from the settled townships. Surveyed in 1852 by Robert Bell, P.L.S., 100 miles were completed by January 1854 as a winter road from the Ottawa River at Farrell's Landing to Opeongo Lake. By 1867, some 78 miles of road were open for year-round traffic, but further construction had been abandoned. In 1855, T.P. French was appointed to supervise settlement, and free 100-acre lots were offered along the road, which brought many settlers to Renfrew County and aided the region's important lumbering industry.


On the grounds of the post office in the vicinity of the former colonization route, Highway 60, Barrys Bay.

Region: Eastern Ontario

County/District: County of Renfrew

Municipality: Township of Madawaska Valley