Guided tour - Ottawa Rivers

GUIDE: MICHEL PRÉVOST, D.U., PRESIDENT OF THE OUTAOUAIS HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at 10 am

Departure: In front of the Maison du Citoyen, 25, rue Laurier, Hull sector, Gatineau

Over the centuries, the Ottawa River has played a vital role in the Capital Region. For nearly 10,000 years, Aboriginal people used the Kitchisippi River, the Great River, as one of the most important transportation routes in North America.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, explorers, missionaries, soldiers, coureurs des bois and travellers travelled along the Ottawa River to the Pays d'en Haut. In the 19th century, drapers and cageux took over, since the forest industry became the Eden of the Ottawa Valley. In 1791, the river became a frontier, but close links were maintained between the two banks and the river was used for several purposes.

In short, the history of this river is fascinating. Come and discover it along its shore in Gatineau. 

Lunch at Le Troquet, 41 Laval Street after the visit.