Arts and culture help to define communities and French River has a rich history of providing visitors with experiences that speak to the flavour of the region. Galleries and year long artisan initiatives highlight the local artistic talents of First Nations, Métis, Francophone and Anglophone residents.
The Backstreet Gallery
- (705) 898-0128
The Backstreet Gallery features local arts and crafts representative of the Métis, First Nations, Francophone and Anglophone populations of the French River-Nipissing corridor. The gallery currently houses the works of over fifty painters, photographers, sculptors, potters, authors, musicians, weavers, glass and wood workers, quilters and more.
The Backstreet Gallery is one of many French River Cultural Industris Council INC. (FRCIC) projects. It opened in November 2010 with 300 people attending the inaugural vernissage. It continues to get rave reviews, not only for the beautiful artwork by local Francophone, First Nations, Métis and Anglophone artists and artisans, but also for the renovation and reclamation of the former health centre. In 2012, the FRCIC hosted the first annual Land of the Voyageurs Rubber Boots Festival, a foot-stompin' fun maple syrup & music spring celebration. The FRCIC is dedicated and mandated to bringing economic development to the area through the celebration and promtion of the region's cultures and arts.
French River Trading Post
- (877) 857-2115
- (705) 857-2115
For over 50 years, the French River Trading Post has been a destination and tradition for travellers of Highway 69. Founded in 1956 by Bill Biggs and his parents Lorne and Edith, The Trading Post has expanded from a small gift shop on a gravel road, to a thriving hospitality business complete woth dindng, accommodation and world class service. The company continues to flouris and serve thousands of customers each season under the leadership of Bill's wife, owner/operator Diane Biggs and her daughter Tracey.
Canadian-made moccasins, souvenirs, local First Nations handicraft, and our famous cream and butter fudge made fresh in-house are just a few of the treasures that families from all over have come to expect from the Trading Post. They are now open 7 days per week until November 30.
French River Visitor Centre
- Summer: (705) 857–1630
- Winter: (705) 287–2900
The French River Visitor Centre tells the stories of this historic waterway in the “Voices of the River” exhibit hall. Various interpretive panels, displays and interactive exhibits take the visitor along the length of the river and through time.
Themes include the First Peoples, the Explorers, French Fur Traders and Missionaries, the Canadian Fur Trade, and the French River Today.
- A 105 kilometre canoe route of interconnected lakes, gorges and rapids from Lake Nipissing to Georgian Bay
- Paddling the route of First Nations, French Explorers, fur traders and Voyageurs
- Georgian Bay coastal kayaking, available through the French River Delta
- A variety of experiences ranging from wilderness paddling to motorboating, fishing and private lodges
Noëlville Berry Farm
- (705) 898-2768
Pick your own strawberries and raspberries at Noëlville Berry Farm.
French River ATV Tours
- (705) 677-7612
No prior ATV experience is necessary! Full safety and operational instruction is given before the tour to ensure all participants are familiar and comfortable with our equipment and have the safety skills needed on the trails. Each tour is accompanied by experienced guides and each ATV is equipped with a passenger seat.
Sucrerie Seguin Sugarbush
- (705) 594-1087
For anyone who wants to visit the sugar bush, visitors are welcome anytime, but maple taffee on snow is usually only made on Sundays. The Sugar bush is located 9 km off of Hwy 64, at 1838 Dokis Reserve Road. Be prepared for a 2 km walk from the road through the "bush road" to the sugar shack, so don't forget your rubber boots! This time of year you have the chance to see for yourself or show your kids how maple syrup is made.