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Gateway to Huronia

Gateway to Huronia

Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Gateway to Huronia


Gateway to Huronia

Plaque Location

The County of Simcoe
The Township of Tay
Beside a wooden lookout at the top of a hill
at the Martyrs' Shrine on the north side of Highway 12
just east of the Wye River bridge

Coordinates: N 44 44.313 W 79 50.483


Plaque Text

From this lookout may be seen the bay which, during the first half of the 17th century, formed the western terminus of the 1280 km route connecting New France with the Huron settlements. Heavily laden canoes ascended the Ottawa, surmounted the rapids of the Mattawa and French Rivers, crossed Lake Nipissing and traversed the island-studded channels of Georgian Bay. Over these waters passed Récollet and Jesuit missionaries, Etienne Brulé, Samuel de Champlain and other heroic figures of the French regime.

Related Ontario plaques
Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons (1639-1649)
Sainte-Marie II
Étienne Brûlé (c. 1592 - c. 1633)
Champlain's Journey of 1613

Canoe Routes

Tay Plaques

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