Steamboating on the Upper Ottawa

Steamboating on the Upper Ottawa (tmp-79490)

Location: Laurentian Hills, Ontario K0J Renfrew County
Country: Canada
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N 46° 10.077', W 77° 37.237'

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The first steamboat on the Upper Ottawa River was the 25 horse-power "Lady Colborne" built in 1833 for service between Aylmer and Chats Falls. Gradually other sections of the river where opened to steam navigation and in 1854 the "Pontiac" was launched to navigate the 40-mile route between Pembroke and Rapides-des-Joachims. The "Pontiac", the first steamboat to ply in waters above Portage-du-Fort, was operated by the Union Forwarding Company which contributed to the rapid development of the Upper Ottawa as a lumbering region and tourist attraction. The steamboat gradually gave way to the railroad and by 1879 the Company (incorporated as The Union Forwarding and Railroad Company in 1859) had abandoned its passenger and freight traffic on the river.
HM Numbertmp-79490
Placed ByArchaeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario
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Date Added Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 6:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 297697 N 5116046
Decimal Degrees46.16795000, -77.62061667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 10.077', W 77° 37.237'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 10' 4.62" N, 77° 37' 14.22" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 34923 Trans-Canada Hwy, Laurentian Hills Ontario K0J, CA
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