Some Destinations of Pilon Voyageurs
The Temiscamingue Region

1755 1787

Temiscamingue was as much a trading post as a region. To get there, the canoe brigades travelled all the way up the Ottawa River. However, it was not as simple as that since this river is sprinkled with rapids and falls along its entire course and necessitated many arduous portages where the heavy loads and the canoes had to be carried over the obstacles. The Ottawa River was also the main route to the interior of the continent and the Great Lakes. At Mattawa, the brigades entered the equally rapid-strewn Mattawa River, eventually arriving at Lake Nipissing and the westward running French River. What work!