The town is situated between two rivers near Borden Lake and surrounded by a number of Provincial Parks. Having a population of 3400, Chapleau thrives on being a major logging centre with excellent hunting and fishing. It is also noted as being “black bear capital of Ontario”. Chapleau offers many resorts and campgrounds along with its own airport for land-based planes. For the athletes in the family, the area provides golfing, tennis, rollerskating and swimming off sandy beaches.
Chapleau was named in 1886 for Joseph-Adophe Chapleau (later Sir Joseph-Adophe Chapleau) who lived 1840-1898 and was premier of Quebec, Canadian secretary of state, and lieutenant governor of Quebec.
Chapleau Game Preserve
Chapleau is home to the world’s largest game preserve. Many from around the world come to visit its amazing tranquility and beauty. It’s not unusual to see moose, bear and an assortment of birds.
Chapleau Centennial Museum and Information Centre
94 Monk Street
Chapleau, P0M 1K0
Also of interest here are the many historical displays such as Its collection includes the Rotary International Friendship Table, built from hundreds of sections of wood from around the world, and other exhibits like mounted specimens of game, fish and fowl and a 275 ton CPR steam engine outside the building. Picnic area, nature trails and a bird sanctuary are also provided.
Surrounding Chapleau are several Provincial Parks. Ivanhoe is 55 miles
north and east on Timmins Highway, go 30 miles west on Highway 101 to get to The Shoals
Provincial Park and head south on Highway 129 to go to Wakami Lake Park.