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railway Bridge over Ottawa River, just north of Mattawa

This 3,000 resident community lies at the junction of the Ottawa and the Mattawa rivers, about 300 km NW of Ottawa. The name is the Ojibway phrase for “meeting of the waters.” The town grew in initial importance as the point where voyageurs and fur traders turned west. It later grew as a major point for logging in the forests to the north and west, which were then sent downriver to Ottawa. The community, now at a major junction on the Trans-Canada Highway, offers good fishing and hunting, and has great fall colours.

Mattawa Attractions

The Timber Train leaves from Mattawa train station

Mattawa and District Museum

Explorers Point Park, in town, on Highway 533
(705) 744-5495

Housed in a red pine log building at the confluence of the Ottawa and Mattawa rivers, the museum has exhibits portraying early settlement in the region. Open daily, June through August.

Brent Crater

South, at the edge of Algonquin Park

This create is the second largest known meteor strike in Canada. The crater is centered around Gilmour Lake, best accessed by driving 31 km south on Highway 17, and then heading west on a gravel road to Brent. The crater is about 10 km north of Brent.

Mattawa, Ontario Area Map

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