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Arctic Watershed

Arctic Watershed

Photo by contributor Jamie Toeppner - Posted November, 2005

Arctic Watershed

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted October, 2010

Plaque Location

The District of Timiskaming
On Highway 11, where the watershed crosses the highway
15.5 km north of Highway 66

Coordinates: N 48 13.047 W 80 15.413


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Plaque Text

The height of land known as the Arctic Watershed crosses Highway 11 at this point. North of here, water drains into Hudson Bay; rivers, lakes and streams to the south flow into the Great Lakes. As the northern wilderness came under development, the erratic line of the watershed defined territorial boundaries. It marked the southern limit of Rupert's Land, the vast territory granted to the Hudson's Bay Company in 1670. Two centuries later, it formed the northern boundary of lands ceded to the Crown by the First Nation Ojibwa in the Robinson-Superior Treaties of 1850.

Related Ontario plaques
The Arctic Watershed
The Robinson Superior Treaty
Ontario Boundary Dispute

Lakes and Rivers

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> Posted March 25, 2012
On Highway 144 north of Sultan Road there is a provincial 'gateway' at a roadside picnic area, telling folks they are crossing into a new watershed. Facing north, it reads "From here all streams flow north into the Arctic Ocean". Facing south, "From here all streams flow south into the Atlantic Ocean". The elevation is given, too (395 meters). It's located at these coordinates: 47.483567, -81.845773. This gateway is nearly identical to ones found elsewhere, including near the two provincial plaques shown on this page.

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