French River Provincial Park
French River Provincial Park
Website: www.ontarioparks,ca
 

History

The French River has a colourful past.  For thousands of years before Europeans arrived, Aboriginal people used the river as a place to meet and exchange trade goods.  Early French explorers and missionaries began travelling through the area in the early 1600s, leaving behind intriguing journal records about the river and the people who lived along its shores. 
 Before Canada became a country, Voyageurs were paddling its waters and brigades of canoes portaged around rapids and waterfalls.  They transported furs from Canada’s great Northwest to market in Montreal.  Due to its historic significance, “the French” was designated a Canadian Heritage River in 1986.
Camping and Natural Features

The river flows 110 kilometres from Lake Nipissing to Georgian Bay. This waterway park has more than 230 interior campsites and offers a variety of water-based recreational activities in an outstanding natural setting.
Today, over 300 years after fur traders first plied its waters, motorboats, canoes and kayaks now travel the French River. 
Lodges and cottages are visible on the landscape as well.  If you’re planning an overnight stay, a camping permit is required.  Private commercial marinas offer access to the river, for additional parking and ramp fees.
A new visitor centre opened at the junction of the French River and Highway #69, about 65 km south of Sudbury.
Plants and Wildlife
For much of its length, the French River is a broad, tree-lined expanse of open water. But it also features falls, rapids, and steep, narrow gorges.  The rugged topography of the Canadian Shield supports more than 450 plant species and some of them are rare.  
The river's mouth on Georgian Bay provides wetland habitat for perhaps the largest community of Virginia chain fern in the province.  The Massasauga rattlesnake which is the only poisonous snake in Ontario is also found in this area.  Deer, moose, elk and bear are some of the larger mammals in the area.  
Pileated Woodpeckers, ravens, Great Blue Herons and a variety of warblers are just some of the birds that can be found along the river’s shores.
 

Location(s)

Address: Box 218
Alban, Ontario
Canada
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