Mattawa Voyageur Country is home to legendary landscapes and breathtaking scenery, take some time and explore these Top 10 Scenic Spots!
Ottawa River near Explorer's Point
Algonquin Provincial Park
Algonquin Provincial Park is world famous for its 765,345 ha of secluded pristine waterways and wilderness areas, and is cherished by canoeists, hikers and sightseers.
The two main access points to Northern Algonquin Park are Kiosk, at the end of Highway 630 (off Highway 17 between Mattawa and North Bay) and Brent. Brent is reached by taking Brent Road, off Highway 17 between Mattawa and Deux Rivieres, and along the Brent Road can be found the lookout tower and hiking trail of the Brent Meteorite Crater.
The Highway 630 route to Kiosk is both scenic and steeped in history.
The main VMUTS trailheadis just outside Mattawa and is signposted off Highway 533. The Bird's Eye View is 6km from the VMUTS trailhead.
Visit the Travel Information Centre on Hwy 17 for trail map and directions.
Eau Claire Gorge
Don't miss visiting the spectacular falls atEau Claire Gorge. A circular trail of 1.9 km (1.2 miles) takes you through mixed forest and beside the Amable du Fond River. A shortcut takes you to the falls in minutes from the trailhead.
The trailhead is at the end of Graham Road, off Peddler's Drive in Calvin.
Explorers' Point Park
Watch the sun setting over the upper Ottawa River at Explorers' Point Park in Mattawa.
The park sits at the junction of the Mattawa and Ottawa Rivers. It offers wonderful views both up and downriver, set against the backdrop of the Laurentian Mountains across the Ottawa River in Quebec.
There is ample parking at Explorers' Point which is just over the bridges at the end of Mattawa's main street (Monestime Way).
Bonfield First Spike
The first spike in the building of the CPR took place in Bonfield in 1882 and is celebrated at Kaibuskong Park with the placement of a real caboose!
Mattawa River Boardwalk
Stroll along the boardwalk by the lazy Mattawa River. Eat a picnic, watch the boats go by and admire the river as it makes its way to join up with the Ottawa River.
To find the boardwalk, go down Mattawa's main street (Monestime Way) toward the bridges over the Mattawa River. Turn left onto Mattawan Street just before you reach the first bridge. This street runs alongside the river and the boardwalk.