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Author:  lookinnorth [ December 29th, 2016, 8:48 pm ]
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Just wondering if anyone knows of an online source of historical/survey maps of the French river that may show and mark portages, falls, rapids etc. Archives Ontario has some but I can't blow them up and clear enough to read them. My main interest is from the blue chute down to the bay. I've been reading Lord Dalhousie' 1821 journal and trying to match up his descriptions and the paintings of J.E. Woolford's paintings (Woolford was with him painting scenes along the way) with google earth view maps of the river.

Thanks for any help or suggestions!


Author:  va3spt [ December 30th, 2016, 12:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: historical maps of the French River

Have found the J.E. Woolford's file from the National Gallery of Canada. ... thimages=N

Copies of the original paintings
There are several from the french River, Lake Huron

Author:  lookinnorth [ December 30th, 2016, 1:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: historical maps of the French River

Thanks for the reply! Yes I've seen the artwork of Woolford and having canoed the river its really interesting to compare the portages then and now using his artwork. Of course things change over time, water levels, dams and other man made build up. Some of these historical journals contain interesting bits of information I had never thought about such as a beaver dam maintained by a 1st Nations family for the NWCo. at the LaVase portage to keep levels up so that they might get another couple miles of paddling,,,,, little trivia things like that and further down the Talon portage on the Mattawa being on the north side of the river,,,, and so on.

Author:  GHOSLO [ December 30th, 2016, 4:28 pm ]
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Great idea. I hope that you can post some photo comparisons of then and now.

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