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(Posted 7:30 a.m., May 2)
Committee adopts local councillor's plan to mark 400th anniversary of Champlain's arrival

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A 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.

The proposal to celebrate Champlain's 1613 arrival was first put forward by Cumberland Coun, Stephen Blais with support from Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

The 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 Museum.

Fifteen 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.

The 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.

The 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.

Known 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.

With 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.

With the good will of the Algonquin people, Champlain’s first voyage through Ottawa took him all the way up to I’île aux Allumettes, just north of Pembroke, before returning back to Quebec. Champlain passed through the Ottawa region a second time in 1615.

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