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French River

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French River is a city in Northern Ontario.


For thousands of years the Natives used the French River as a meeting place to exchange goods. Interesting journals were left on the shores dating back to the 1600s. Early Europeans explorers and missionaries paddled its waters and recorded their thoughts, their adventures through the dangerous rapids and rugged terrain and their contact with the Aboriginal people.

Because of its intriguing history, the French River has been designated a Canadian Heritage River. Today this 110 kilometers waterway park from Lake Nipissing to Georgian Bay houses 230 campsites with plenty of fun for the family. French River Provincial Park offers a camping experience it the heart of nature! Fishing, canoeing, kayaking, angling and hunting are now popular activities on the river.

Get in[edit]

French River is 50 miles (1 hour) from Sudbury and 50 miles (1 hour) and can be reach by traveling wouth on hwy 69 and turning left on hwy 64. French River is a 76 mile (1:40 hours) drive from Parry Sound, traveling north on hwy 69 and turning left onto hwy 64. The town can also be reached from North Bay with a 65 mile drive ( 1:26 hours) by taking hwy 17 and a left on hwy 64.

Get around[edit]

Land their planes at the French River Airport, drive in or come in with the Ontario Northland Bus Service on it's route between Sudbury and Toronto.


If heights are not your issue, you’ll want to cross the new French River Bridge, Canada's largest cable supported snowmobile bridge. It has a span of over 300 feet and rises to 50 feet above the French River’s water level to provide visitors a bird’s eye view. Come trek the paths of the Voyageurs in French River!


For over 50 years the French River has enjoyed a well deserved reputation for its quality of fishing experiences. The areas vast array of lodging from remote camping to full services lodges and everything in between will provide a great base to discover and explore the timeless beauty of the French and Pickerel River systems. Get off the beaten path and explore Grundy Provincial Park, with its great beaches, challenging hiking trails and, of course camping! Stop into and discover the French River Provincial Park Visitor’s Centre located near Highway 69 where it crosses the historic French River and Gorge. The new center is part of the Ontario Living Legacy/Great Lakes Heritage Coast plan. Explanative exhibits and educational events related to the cultural and natural resources of the river.






French River Resorts Association Phone +1 705 898-2569. Website

Go next[edit]

Routes through French River
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