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Westward Ho!

The mouth of the Lavase River at Lake Nipissing.

From this point the Voyageurs of the early Canada fur trade crossed Lake Nipissing and began the trip down the French River to Lake Huron.

The eventual destination was Western Canada where the goods they were carrying were exchanged for furs.

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Historic Highway

The Lavase River was used to transport furs from the West to Montreal.

Northwest Company canoes passed this spot in Spring and Fall from 1779 to 1821.

Up ahead just around the corner, is Lake Nipissing.

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Canoe Route West

The Lavase River was once part of the route followed by fur traders of the Northwest Company heading West.

Now in winter it is a frozen highway giving access to Lake Nipissing.

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The Lake Is Waiting

Many snowmobiles pass this way when going to Lake Nipissing.

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Summer on the Lavase

The Lavase River flows into Lake Nipissing and was part of the canoe route to Western Canada.

It’s fun to think that for 150 years, Northwest Company Voyageurs on their way West in large canoes, passed this very spot.

 

 

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Fishin’ Suit

Relaxed fishing.

Fishin

The fish are colour blind.

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Low Water

All summer, Lake Nipissing has been about 2 feet lower than it normally is.  In past years, wet feet would have been necessary to produce this photograph.

The spring melt happened so early this year that water that would have been trapped in the ground ran off to the Great Lakes because the ground was still frozen.  Nipissing was not able to catch up over the summer and despite recent, rains is still behind.

Climate Change?

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Go West

This is the mouth of the Lavase River, where it enters Lake Nipissing.  For 150 years The Voyageurs paddled through this channel in the spring, on their way west to Thunder Bay on Lake Superior.  The return voyage passed this point and ended up in Montreal in the Autumn.  Lake Nipissing is controlled by dams on the French River these days, and there are navigation markers in place.  However the place is pretty much the same as it would have been 150 years ago.

In the spring the water would be much higher than it is in this photograph, but by fall it would probably have been as you see it here.

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