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What is the Pontiac??

Monday 8 December 2014, by Monique

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What is the Pontiac?

Welcome to the Pontiac Museum which interprets the local history of the Pontiac.
What exactly is the Pontiac, you may ask yourself?
The Pontiac is many things.
A bay on the Ottawa River, a nearby village, a municipality, a county, an electoral district and a judicial district were all named “Pontiac” after the famous Odawa First Nation chief who launched a rebellion against the British in 1763.
Aboriginal Peoples travelled the Ottawa River valley for 4,000 years before the arrival of the first Europeans.
Some of their place names, like Ottawa, Petawawa and Timiskaming, were recorded by the fur traders, explorers and missionaries who came in the early 1600’s.
Many local geographical names, like Pontiac, are more recent.
The lumbermen, farmers, tradesmen and entrepreneurs who arrived with the 19th century brought a need for jurisdictions, surveys, political institutions, and new place names.
The County of Pontiac was proclaimed on July 1st, 1855. It included the townships of Clarendon, Bristol, Calumet Island, Litchfield, Allumette Island, Onslow, Mansfield and Waltham.

Today it is still a vast area of forests, mountains, lakes, and streams, and a unique population descended from First Nations and European ancestry, including French, English, Irish, Scottish, German, and Polish.

Pictures of Pontiac.


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