Gateway to Huronia, The

From this lookout may be seen the bay which, during the first half of the 17th century, formed the western terminus of the 800-mile route connecting New France with the Huron settlements. Heavily laden canoes ascended the Ottawa, surmounted the rapids of the Mattawa and French Rivers, crossed Lake Nipissing and traversed the island-studded channels of Georgian Bay. Over these waters passed Recollet and Jesuit missionaries, Etienne Brûlé, Samuel de Champlain and other heroic figures of the French regime.


Overlooking the bay and the Martyrs' Shrine, Highway 12, east of Midland

Region: Central Ontario

County/District: County of Simcoe

Municipality: Town of Midland