Pembroke and Mattawan Road, The

Constructed primarily as a supply route to the lumber camps in the Upper Ottawa Valley, this Colonization Road was begun in 1853 and opened the following year as a winter road from Pembroke to the mouth of the Mattawa River. The relocating of a portion of the road between Petawawa and Point Alexander in 1863 and improvements on other sections resulted in the opening of some forty miles for year-round traffic in 1867. Eight years later the entire 98 miles were completed. Some sections of the road were later incorporated into the present Highway 17, but a long section of the original road remains between the Canadian Forces Base, Petawawa and Deep River.


At the tourist information booth in Riverside Park in the vicinity of the former route, Highway 17, Pembroke

Region: Eastern Ontario

County/District: County of Renfrew

Municipality: City of Pembroke