Updated date:

Visiting L’Île-du-Grand-Calumet, Quebec: An Octagonal Tower on an Island in the Rivière Des Outaouais / Ottawa River

Author:
Flag of Quebec

Flag of Quebec

L'Île-du-Grand-Calumet (as seen across the Ottawa River), Quebec, Canada

L'Île-du-Grand-Calumet (as seen across the Ottawa River), Quebec, Canada

An absorbing destination

Some people think that the Rivière de l'Outaouais / Ottawa River, marking generally the boundary between Quebec and Ontario, must also delineate the linguistic boundary between French and English. To some extent this is true, but 'on the ground' — so to speak — this distinction is blurred considerably.

In fact, within the Rivière de l'Outaouais / Ottawa River there are various islands — some which are large — which make for the need to revise such simple assumptions.

One of these islands in the Rivière de l'Outaouais / Ottawa River is the herbaceous Île-du-Grand-Calumet, the name of both an island and of a municipality comprising this island and some smaller ones. With a considerable Francophone majority (1), L'Île-du-Grand-Calumet is known for its whitewater rafting opportunities (2). Indeed, the size of the island can be gauged by the fact that it has over 60 kilometres of waterfront (3).

On L'Île-du-Grand-Calumet, a particularly noteworthy heritage feature is a stone church building, dating from 1869, characterized by an octagonal tower.

The building is visible in the photo, above, to the left of the picture.

Other features of the building include various, Gothic-style pointed windows. The structure was completed in 1871 (4).

L'Île-du-Grand-Calumet is located in the Municipalité régionale de comté de Pontiac / Pontiac Regional County Municipality, within Quebec's Outaouais region.

January 11, 2021

Notes

(1) In another large island in the Rivière de l'Outaouais / Ottawa River — L'Isle-aux-Alumettes — the reverse situation occurs: its population has an Anglophone majority. Sometimes, when travelling in the Municipalité régionale de comté de Pontiac / Pontiac Regional County Municipality, only by studying the demographics beforehand does one necessarily grasp what the local linguistic situation is likely to be. Sometimes there may be municipality in the region which has an Anglophone name but its population may actually be Francophone, and vice-versa.

(2) See also: https://www.bonjourquebec.com/en/listing/things-to-do/sports-and-nature/outdoor-and-adventure/horizon-x-rafting-kayak-9779135 ; https://www.getmyboat.ca/trips/GaZxMdKo/

(3) See also: http://île-du-grand-calumet.ca/en/tourism/tourism-attractions/

(4) See also: http://île-du-grand-calumet.ca/community/eglise-ste-anne/

Some sourcing: Wikipedia.

Also worth seeing

Fort-Coulonge (distance: 37.3 kilometres) has a skyline dominated by the tower of the Église Saint-Pierre; Spruceholme is a noted 19th century heritage property.

In Mansfield-et-Pontefract (distance: approx. 39.3) is Maison Bryson, a 19th century heritage property; located a short distance away is the Marchand Bridge, a 19th century covered structure; a waterfall known as the Chutes Coulonge is also located in the municipality.

In Portage-du-Fort (distance: 23.3 kilometres) there are various heritage properties, some of them of built of stone, which surround or are close to Parc Brosseau; the village has become well known for artistic exhibitions.

...

How to get there: Air Canada flies from various North American destinations to Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport / Aéroport international Macdonald-Cartier d'Ottawa (distance to L'Île-du-Grand-Calumet, Quebec: 115.2 kilometres), where car rental is available. Road access to L'Île-du-Grand-Calumet is by Route 148 via Bryson. Please check with the airline or your travel agent for up to date information.

MJFenn is an independent travel writer based in Ontario, Canada.

Map location of Municipalité régionale de comté de Pontiac / Pontiac Regional County Municipality

Map location of Municipalité régionale de comté de Pontiac / Pontiac Regional County Municipality

Other of my hubpages may also be of interest

Related Articles