Nature Trails near Mattawa, Ontario

Welcome to Mattawa!

Mattawa is a town in northeastern Ontario, Canada, at the confluence of the Mattawa and Ottawa Rivers in Nipissing District. Mattawa means “Meeting of the Waters” in Ojibwa. In 1615 Etienne Brulé and Samuel de Champlain were the first Europeans to pass through this area.
In the past, Mattawa was an important place, due to its location along the voyageur’s canoe route from Montreal to the Great Lakes.
In 2007, Mattawa and the townships of Bonfield, Papineau-Cameron, Mattawan and Calvin cooperated to create a newly-branded Mattawa Voyageur Country tourist region in order to promote the area.
Mattawa is the home of many wooden statues depicting historical figures from the Mattawa area, such as Champlain, Pierre-Esprit Radisson,Médard des Groseilliers, and others. The Mattawa District Museum is host to a 17 ft. wooden statue of Big Joe Mufferaw, a local folk hero. These statues are scattered throughout the town of Mattawa and in two locations outside the town on nearby Highway 17.
Small shops along the Main Street offer unique creations from local artists and craftsmen.
Mattawa provides access to numerous dropping off points for canoeing or boating on the Ottawa River which acts as a natural border between the hills of the province of Quebec and Ontario. The Mattawa River flows through the pristine rugged Canadian shield with opportunities to see moose, eagles, the haunting and beautiful sounds of loons at night and terrific fishing, camping, and hiking. There are numerous motels, campgrounds, and retreat centres in and around Mattawa. Just west is Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park on the Mattawa River, which has an interpretive area focusing on the early voyageurs. Campers also have the opportunity to river tube. The park is also home of the Canadian Ecology Centre, a unique eco-friendly retreat centre that is facilitated to accommodate business retreats. Algonquin Provincial Park can be accessed from the north side in Kiosk or the east side in Brent.
The nearby area contains over 200 kilometers (124 mi) of year-round ATV and snowmobile trails, known as the Voyageur Multi Use Trail System (VMUTS).

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EAU CLAIRE GORGE TRAIL Like the aboriginal peoples, voyageurs and loggers whose footsteps echo in the history of this area, you’ll hear the roar of the Eau Claire Gorge waterfalls before you see them. Preserving the distinctive natural and historic features of...


NATURE’S HARMONY ECOLODGE TRAILS This beautiful, backcountry trail system winds through Laurentian Mountain and contains loops varying in length and difficulty. Skiers can make their way to the shores of the Ottawa River, along scenic ridge lines, and through...

Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail – Renfrew County Section

The Ottawa Valley Trail was originally part of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). The CPR sold the stretch of rail line between Smiths Falls and Mattawa to the County of Renfrew, County of Lanark and the Township of Papineau-Cameron. The section in Renfrew County was...


SAMUEL de CHAMPLAIN PROVINCIAL PARK TRAILS Etienne System Trails: four loops ranging in length from 2.5 to 9 km; strenuous Discover scenic views of the Mattawa River while traversing challenging terrain. Kag Trail: 2.5 km loop; difficult with steep climbs This trail...

Shields McLaren Conservation Area

The Shields McLaren Conservation Area property on the southwest shore of Lake Talon was donated to the North Bay – Mattawa Conservation Authority by Basil and Juanita McLaren in 1993. This Conservation Area provides local cottagers and the public with an...