The Town of Mattawa is fortunate to have two rivers meet within the Canadian Heritage River. The Mattawa River which flows from Trout Lake at North Bay through a scenic series of lakes (Talon, Pimisi, Chant Plein, Boom,) rapids and waterfalls until it joins the mighty Ottawa River at Mattawa.


The Ottawa River has its origin in Lake Temiskaming to the north and follows a moderately active faultline through a veritable canyon of cliffs to a more level country on its way some four hundred miles past the city of Ottawa into the St. Lawrence. Moosehead Rock, near Mattawa, on the Quebec side is such a vertical cliff, it is visible from the secondary highway to Thorne.

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The railroad track going around Moosehead Rock along the Ottawa River

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The Town of Temiskaming is on a moderately active faultline. It experiences tremors with fair frequency.

Hydro dams have created a string of scenic lakes all the way to Ottawa. At the north, there is Lac La Cave, Holden Lake and Lac des Chats, mostly all  large lakes, and are all navigable when assisted by lifts over dams.

The Brent Crater

The Brent Crater was created by a high speed impact of a giant meteorite that occurred about 450 million years ago. It has left a very large and obvious crater, even though trees and vegetation partially hide it.

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Come and visit the world's largest single sheet of Mica which was discovered in 1941 in Eau Claire, near Mattawa.

Mica was used in the fabrication of toasters and shades for lanterns.

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