Celebrate the meeting of First Nations and French cultures 400 years ago, when Samuel de Champlain explored the Ottawa River and met the region’s original inhabitants along its shores.
Four hundred years ago, French explorer Samuel de Champlain travelled up the Ottawa River as far as Allumette Island, near present-day Fort-Coulonge and Pembroke. During this voyage, the Father of New France developed a respectful relationship with the Algonquin and Wendat peoples, carefully mapped the territory, and helped shape the Canada we know today.
In collaboration with the Réseau du patrimoine gatinois and the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Nation, the Museum is marking this historic event on the banks of the Ottawa River. Discover this legacy during a day of dance performances, live music and traditional knowledge demonstrations. Meet canoeists who have retraced Champlain’s voyages in the region’s waterways, arriving throughout the afternoon. Learn about native plants and medicines, participate in quill writing workshops and join in other activities highlighting the shared history and heritage of the Outaouais region.
Image : Francis Back