The Township of Chapleau is situated within the Boreal Forest and Arctic Watershed Region of Northern Ontario. Chapleau is best known for being the home of the world’s largest Crown Game Preserve, as well as being the 2011 winners of WFN’s Ultimate Fishing Town Canada contest. The Game Preserve, established in 1925, is 700,000 hectares in size, making it an exciting eco-tourism destination for world nature and wildlife travelers.
Chapleau is also home to many different cultural communities, such as, Chapleau Cree First Nation, Chapleau Ojibwe First Nation, Brunswick House First Nation, Chapleau’s francophone community, and Chapleau’s Metis community. All of the various cultures have had a large impact on the history and upcoming of Chapleau.
Deeply rooted in the fur trade and the railway, Chapleau’s history began in 1885, when the Canadian Pacific Railway line provided access for the Hudson’s Bay Company Trading Post. A fire in 1948 encouraged the government to develop a road so that logging contractors could remove the timber before it rotted. Consequently, Highway 129 was completed during the depression. In future years, Highways 101 and 17 were constructed to link Chapleau with Timmins to the East, and Wawa to the West (Wawa – 140 kilometres to the West and Timmins – 200 kilometres to the East).
Chapleau offers beautiful land, to be utilized however you wish, ATVing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, bird watching, biking, swimming, fishing, hunting, boating, etc. If you’re looking for the ultimate outdoor adventure, come to the beautiful Chapleau Region for an unforgettable experience!