French River, Ontario, Canada
© Tim Fitzharris/Minde
A place to reflect. French River, Ontario
The French River flows in natural beauty through Ontario, along with a rich history. A pivotal route for Indigenous people and explorers, this river played a crucial role in the fur trade era around 1615. In the ancestral lands of the Anishinaabe, the river witnessed voyagers navigate its challenging waters. Designated as a Canadian Heritage River in 1986, this river covers a distance of 110 kilometres. The river became a victim of overfishing, and in 1994 the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources implemented firm measures to protect fish. The surrounding French River Provincial Park offers opportunities for responsible fishing, hiking and camping. The river's rapids and waterfalls contribute to its appeal, while its surrounding forest provides habitat for various species including moose, beavers, otters, bald eagles and turtles.