La Vase Portage Conservation Area


Location: North Bay, Ontario
Region: Near-North
Character: Day-use Area
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Length/Size: 96 acres

La Vase Portage Conservation Area
By North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority

In 1995, the North Bay - Mattawa Conservation Authority purchased the La Vase Portage property with the assistance of the Ontario Heritage Foundation's Natural Heritage Challenge Program and the Restore the Link Committee. This conservation area is the key to the otherwise land-locked La Vase Portage route as the property includes a portion of the northern terminus of the portage linking Trout Lake to Lake Nipissing.

The La Vase Portages are a series of three portages 11 kilometers in length and comprised of eight kilometers of waterway and three kilometers of pathway between Trout Lake and Lake Nipissing. The route was used thousands of years ago by First Nations in Ontario at the time of European contact. Europeans, including Etienne Brule and Samuel de Champlain, learned of the route from First Nation guides and it was soon established as a major artery into the interior of North America.

Directions: Located directly across from the Elks Lodge Family Park on Highway 17. By car, travel on Highway 17 east towards Mattawa for 5.5 kilometers. A small parking lot is provided.