Ottawa River now fully recognized
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