7:30 a.m., May 2)
adopts local councillor's plan to mark 400th anniversary
of Champlain's arrival
By Fred Sherwin
plan to celebrate the 400th anniversary of French explorer
Samuel de Champlain's arrival in the National Capital
region has been approved by the city's planning and economic
develop.m.ent committee, which is good news to history buffs
and the tourism sector alike.
proposal to celebrate Champlain's 1613 arrival was first
put forward by Cumberland Coun, Stephen Blais with support
from Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.
celebration plan includes the production of a 400th anniversary
brochure, a landing page on the city's website, a Smart
Phone app and an exhibit at the Cumberland Heritage Village
thousand dollars is being set aside to fund a trio of
arts initiatives including a Young at Art exhibit, a literary
arts competition and a short video contest, all with a
400th anniversary theme.
city will set aside another $5,000 for any unforseen initiatives
brought forward by the community, and there is an expectation
for local business and community groups to get involved.
report describes how the City intends to provide support
to events organized by community groups, Business Improvement
Areas (BIAs) and educational institutions. Many local
groups and organizations, such as the Orleans/Ottawa en
Fete-400e Organizing Committee have already indicated
their intention to organize local events.
as the Father of New France, Champlain ventured northwest
from Montreal in May of 1613, in an effort to discover
the great western sea. Throughout his voyage, he travelled
along the Ottawa River and came upon what is today Ottawa
and the Upper Ottawa Valley.
the aid of Algonquin guides who inhabited the area, Samuel
de Champlain was the first explorer to describe and document
Ottawa, including detailing the presence of the Algonquin
people in the region.
the good will of the Algonquin people, Champlains
first voyage through Ottawa took him all the way up to
Iîle aux Allumettes, just north of Pembroke,
before returning back to Quebec. Champlain passed through
the Ottawa region a second time in 1615.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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