Hull Timber Slide National Historic Event

Gatineau - Hull, Quebec
Hull Timber Slide © Expired
Hull Timber Slide
© Expired
Hull Timber Slide © ExpiredHull Timber Slide © Expired
Address : Gatineau - Hull, Quebec

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1976-06-15

Other Name(s):
  • Hull Timber Slide  (Designation Name)

Importance: Major technological innovation


Existing plaque: Victoria Island Gatineau - Hull, Quebec

To avoid the treacherous Chaudière Falls, the firm of Philemon Wright and Sons built a timber slide in 1829 along the Ottawa River's north shore near the waterfall known as the Little Kettle. This inclined wooden bypass channel, the first in Canada wide enough for the passage of an entire "crib" of square timber, revolutionized the trade by preventing costly delays and reducing the dangers faced by the raftsmen. The Hull slide and others like it intensified the exploitation of the rich forests of the Ottawa Valley and helped establish the region as an important centre of the Canadian timber industry.