Mattawa-Bonfield Region


The town of Mattawa is easily accessible via Highway 11 from Toronto and Highway 17 from Ottawa. See Google Map.

Mattawa means “Meeting of the Waters” in Algonquin language. Etienne Brulé and Samuel de Champlain were the first Europeans to pass through this area. In the past, Mattawa was an important place, due to its location along the voyageur’s canoe route from Montreal to the Great Lakes.

Distance from Toronto:
– 400 km

Driving time from Toronto:
– 4.5 hrs

Voyageur Days

July 26-28, 2019

Every summer since 1997, the Mattawa Voyageur Days Festival is held the last weekend of July. It is organized by the Town of Mattawa and takes place behind the Museum on Explorer’s Point. Some of the events include a regional talent night, lumberjack competition, and canoe race. Live music is a large part of the Festival, and has in the past included such notable Canadian musicians as April Wine, Trooper, Saga,Loverboy, Honeymoon Suite, Chuck Labelle and David Wilcox, among others like Liteside and other local singers and musicians from inside and outside the region play on the Thursday night. As part of tradition, on the Sunday of the event at dusk there is a choreographed fireworks show.


Accommodations in the Mattawa-Bonfield Region

Attractions in the Mattawa-Bonfield Region

  • Antoine Mountain
  • Ecology Centre
  • VMUTS (Voyageur Multi Use Trail System)
  • Mattawa Museum

Mattawa-Bonfield Region Tourism Information


Tourist Information Centre:
Mattawa Information Centre
401 Pine Street
Mattawa ON  P0H 1V0
Telephone: 705-744-0222 or 1-800-267-4222

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Port Loring

North Bay

Transportation in Mattawa – Bonfield Region

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