Download GPX file for this article
46.120-80.509Full screen dynamic map

From Wikivoyage
Jump to navigation Jump to search

French River is a municipality of 2,700 people (2016) in Northeastern Ontario.


The French River at the French River Post

The municipality comprises the communities of Alban, Bigwood, Chartrand Corner, Delamere, Dokis First Nation, French River Station, Happy Landing, Jamot, Monetville, Noëlville, North Monetville, Ouellette, Rutter, Sucker Creek Landing, and Wolseley Bay.



For thousands of years the First Nations (Aboriginal) people 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-km 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


French River is 80 km from Sudbury and 80 km and can be reach by traveling south on Highway 69 and turning left on Highway 64. French River is a 122-km drive from Parry Sound, travelling north on Highway 69 and turning left onto Highway 64. The town can also be reached from North Bay with a 105-km drive by taking Highway 17 and a left on Highway 64. A branch of the Trans-Canada Highway passes through the area, traveling between Sudbury and Kanata (near Ottawa) on Highway 69 and 400, then Highway 12, then Highway 7, then Highway 417.

  • Ontario Northland Bus Service, +1 705 472-4500, toll-free: +1-800-363-7512. One bus a day stops at Alban on its route between Sudbury and Toronto. From Toronto: 4 hr 40 min, $77. From Sudbury: 1 hr 5 min, $29.
  • 1 French River/Alban Aerodrome (2.2 km S of Alban). A private airport. French River/Alban Aerodrome (Q5501913) on Wikidata French River/Alban Aerodrome on Wikipedia

Get around

Map of French River


Historic train station from circa 1900 in French River Station.

If heights are not your issue, you’ll want to cross the French River Bridge, Canada's largest cable-supported snowmobile bridge. It has a span of over 90 m and rises to 14 m 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!



The French River enjoys 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.

  • 1 Grundy Lake Provincial Park, +1 705 383-2286. A 3614-ha park with great beaches, challenging hiking trails, and camping. Stop into and discover the French River Provincial Park Visitors' Centre near Highway 69 where it crosses the French River and Gorge. Explanatory exhibits and educational events related to the cultural and natural resources of the river. Grundy Lake Provincial Park (Q22651639) on Wikidata Grundy Lake Provincial Park on Wikipedia
  • 2 French River Golf and Country Club, 655 Golf Course Road Alban Ontario P0M 1A0, +1 705 857-2201. Offers an executive 9-hole course, spectacular scenery and cottages.
  • 3 Meadow Springs Golf Course, 5839 Highway 64 Monetville, +1 705 898-2569. An 18-hole championship course & restaurant.




  • Hungry Bear Restaurant French River Trading Post, 20112 Hwy 69, Alban, +1 705-857-2115. Daily 8AM-7PM. Blueberry pancakes and “Hungry Man” breakfasts, burgers, wraps, and salads. Old-fashioned sundaes and milkshakes, 16 flavours of ice cream. Wheelchair accessible.
  • Noelville Restaurant, 8 St David St N, Noelville, +1 705 898-2191. M-Sa 6:30AM-7:30PM, Su 7AM-7PM.







French River Resorts Association Website:

Go next

Routes through French River
Ends at Sudbury  N  S  → becomes Parry SoundBarrie

This city travel guide to French River is a usable article. It has information on how to get there and on restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.