Michipicoten Canoe Route, The

The nearby Michipicoten River formed an important link in the canoe from Lake Superior to James Bay via the Michipicoten, Missinaibi and Moose Rivers. The route was probably explored at an early date by the French Fur traders who maintained a post at Michipicoten. However the first recorded journeys were not made until the l770's when the Hudson Bay Co. Began to establish furtrading posts along this route inland from Moose Fort. In l781 Philip Turnor, the Company's first full-time surveyor, made a detailed investigation of the waterway. Considerable improvements were made to the portages along the route which, after l821, became the Hudson's Bay Company's supply-line for its Lake Superior District.


In the small park beside Highway 17, at the Michipicoten River crossing, Wawa

Region: Northern Ontario

County/District: District of Algoma

Municipality: Township of Michipicoten