STEAMBOATS ON THE OTTAWA RIVER
Symmes Inn Museum
1, rue Front, Gatineau, (Québec), J9H 5E6
Robert H. Klock, stagecoach operator. For decades, steamboats birthed in front of Symmes Inn, bringing economic prosperity to Aylmer. Inns and service companies flourished with the constant flow of travellers continuing further west along the Ottawa River to places like Quyon and Fitzroy Harbour. Robert H. Klock and his brother James, successful businessmen of the Ottawa Valley, ran a stagecoach line with a route between Ottawa and Aylmer, allowing many travellers to embark on the steamboats plying the Ottawa River.