Witnessing the river that flows through characteristic Canadian Shield country will help you appreciate the national historic significance of this region. The French River Provincial Park is a must-see. In 1985, the French River was the first to be designated as a Canadian Heritage River, due to its importance to the history of the area. This great river begins at Lake Nipissing and flows to Georgian Bay, all the while rushing and meandering through braided, rocky channels. These channels are culturally significant as they were important paddling routes for First Nations, French explorers, fur traders, and voyageurs. The Ojibwa named this the “French River” because of its connection to the French Explorers of the 17th century. While visiting this park, you will experience the rugged nature of the Canadian Shield country that surrounds the river. Ruggedness that has allowed large portions of the park to remain fairly untouched. This environment provides important spaces for Ontario wildlife, as well as being a popular place for canoeing, kayaking, camping, fishing, and boating. You can also enjoy winter activities in this park. Please contact the park for more details.