Ot­ta­wa Ri­ver now ful­ly re­co­gni­zed

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Un an après l’On­ta­rio, le Qué­bec a ac­cor­dé à son cô­té de la ri­vière des Ou­taouais la dé­si­gna­tion pa­tri­mo­niale. Bien que cette dé­si­gna­tion soit es­sen­tiel­le­ment sym­bo­lique, elle jette les bases pour jus­ti­fier la pro­tec­tion et la pré­ser­va­tion de la ri­vière. an his­to­ri­cal trade and trans­por­ta­tion route du­ring the fur and tim­ber eras, its mo­dern im­por­tance to bu­si­nesses in both On­ta­rio and in Que­bec, and its si­gni­fi­cance to the In­di­ge­nous People, as the ri­ver tra­vels through tra­di­tio­nal Al­gon­quin ter­ri­to­ry. The Ot­ta­wa Ri­ver is home to more than 300 spe­cies of birds and over 80 at-risk spe­cies.

In Ju­ly 2016, the On­ta­rio side of the Ot­ta­wa Ri­ver was gran­ted he­ri­tage sta­tus by the Mi­nis­ter of En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Change and the Mi­nis­ter for Parks Ca­na­da, Catherine McKen­na, along with On­ta­rio’s Mi­nis­ter of Na­tu­ral Re­sources and Fo­res­try, Ka­thryn McGar­ry. Ac­cor­ding to the CHRS, the ri­ver was no­mi­na­ted and even­tual­ly ac­cep­ted as a He­ri­tage Ri­ver, main­ly due to the role it played in the de­ve­lop­ment of Ca­na­da – its im­por­tance as a tra­vel route, but al­so its in­dus­trial use for log­ging and hy­dro de­ve­lop­ment – and the role it played to the choice of On­ta­rio as the ca­pi­tal of the coun­try. “Pre­ser­ving the Ot­ta­wa Ri­ver for swim­ming, drin­king and fi­shing is key to the vi­sion of Ot­ta­wa as the gree­nest ca­pi­tal in the world,” said McKen­na.

The Ot­ta­wa Ri­ver is the eight lar­gest ri­ver in Ca­na­da and flows through 1271 ki­lo­metres of the Lau­ren­tian re­gion in both Que­bec and On­ta­rio

—photo four­nie

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