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PONTIAC – IN THE NIMBLE FOOTSTEPS OF THE LOG DRIVERS

In the western part of the Outaouais lies the Pontiac territory, just waiting to be discovered! Long before the arrival of Champlain and the fur traders, the First Nations controlled traffic on the river. Besides stunning natural landscapes, the area boasts a history rich in stories of the log drive, lumber barons, and eclectic communities. Follow the route to a canyon, a former railway station now home to a collection of artifacts, an impressive covered bridge, and a stately heritage inn.

Plan your trip from west to east.

For a complete list of attractions, download the official Chemins d’eau map here

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100 Parc-des-Chutes Drive
Mansfield-et-Pontefract (Québec) J0X 1R0
Canada

Discover Coulonge Falls Park in the heart of the Pontiac, and enjoy history, culture and outdoor adventure! Stroll along the hiking trails, where you’ll find displays of artifacts and information about the log drive. For a real thrill, try the aerial obstacle courses (for adults and children) or the giant zip lines leading to the Via Ferrata. An ideal destination for an active day out with family, friends or work colleagues.

8.6 KM
Your visit to the park has probably given you a taste for adventure—like a real log driver! This sector has the best rapids for rafting: shoot some white water with Esprit Rafting Adventures or Rafting Momentum.
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314 Hwy 148
Mansfield-et-Pontefract (Québec) J0X 1R0
Canada

The elegant George Bryson Cultural House, designated a historic site by the Province of Quebec, is located next to Quebec’s longest covered bridge. Browse our museum to discover the fascinating history of the Pontiac region and the Bryson family. Our tearoom recaptures the spirit of the 19th century, and offers a luncheon menu, hot drinks and pastries. Interested in family history? Explore our genealogical archives, where our volunteers will be happy to help you discover your family tree.

3.6 KM
George Bryson’s elegant Georgian-style house, classified as an historic building by the Province of Quebec, stands opposite Quebec’s longest covered bridge. After a full day of exploring, sleep like a lumber baron at the Spruceholme Inn.
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204 Principale Street
Fort-Coulonge (Québec) J0X 1V0
Canada

Nowhere is traditional elegance better expressed than in this Heritage Home, one of the most important historic landmarks in the area. Spruceholme was built in 1875 by George Bryson Jr. and his bride Helen Craig. Located in the Ottawa River valley of Canada's timeless Pontiac region, Spruceholme is leisurely drive from the Nation's Capital and only minutes from golfing, skiing, cycling and snowmobiling trails and white water rafting and canoeing as well as across the street from skating and fishing on the Ottawa River. Bryson's Bistro du bûcheron on site open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night and for brunch on Sunday.