Chaudière Portages National Historic Event

Gatineau, Quebec
Address : Gatineau, Quebec

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1927-05-19

Other Name(s):
  • Chaudière Portages  (Designation Name)

Importance: This designation has been identified for review


When Champlain travelled up the Ottawa River in 1613, he used two Aboriginal portages to bypass the falls known to the Algonquins as Asticou, meaning "cauldron" or "chaudière". Until the mid-19th century, these portages enabled explorers, missionaries, fur traders, and voyageurs to continue their journey westward. Industrial development has erased the downstream trail, but the second trail remains near present day Brébeuf Park, recalling the importance of the Ottawa River as a key passageway to the interior of the continent. *Note: This designation has been identified for review. A review can be triggered for one of the following reasons - outdated language or terminology, absence of a significant layer of history, factual errors, controversial beliefs and behaviour, or significant new knowledge.