The West Wind Brigade: Mattawa to Ottawa
Friday June 23 – Saturday July 1
The West Wind Brigade starts at the town of Mattawa at the confluence of the Mattawa & Ottawa Rivers in northeastern Ontario & paddles to the city of Ottawa.
The West Wind Brigade will meet up with the other brigades at Victoria Island, at the foot of the Parliament buildings, on the afternoon of Saturday July 1 – Canada Day.
As it does to this day, the Ottawa River played a vital role in life of the Algonquin people, who lived throughout its watershed at contact. The river is called Kichisìpi, meaning “Great River” in Anishinaabemowin, the language of the Algonquin.