The Towns and Cities
of Northern Ontario
The French River area Ontario - in
Ontario's Rainbow Country
Canoe Manned by Voyageurs Passing a
Frances Anne Hoptkins, artist, 1869.
(Courtesy of National Archives of Canada)
The French River area of Ontario includes
the settlements Alban, French River Station, Ouellette, and Monetville
and is an area rich in history and large on beauty.
in 1615, the French River was a vital transportation route for the
French explorers and fur traders. Because of its historic significance,
the 100-kilometre-long waterway has been designated as a Canadian
Heritage River. The Ojibwa named it the French River because it became
associated with the French explorers and missionaries.
Explorers who followed this route included Étienne Brűlé, Samuel de
Champlain, Pierre-Esprit Radisson, Simon Fraser, Alexander Mackenzie,
and David Thompson.
Today, it is a popular recreational area for canoeists, boaters, hikers,
The river flows from Lake Nipissing to
about 60 kilometres south of Sudbury, and some of Ontario's most popular
game fish swim here. Walleye, muskie, sunfish, northern pike, large and
smallmouth bass, sturgeon, perch, rock bass, whitefish, and even some
You'll find golf courses, resorts, camps,
tenting areas, and miles of scenic rolling farm land to drive through.
The villages are small, but can supply you with the basics for a great
in the French River area is rapidly rising in value these days as more
and more southerners are discovery the wild beauty and endless variety
in flora and fauna in a region so easy to get to.