Explore the fractured land and waterscape of the “delta”—the point where the French empties into Georgian Bay. Play hide and seek among the hundreds of small islands and shoals.

The French offers many opportunities for adventure— from paddling whitewater, to viewing waterfalls and wildlife. The area is also renowned for its sport fishing. Given the numerous channels of the delta, it’s easy to find a quiet corner on this picturesque river.

More to Explore

This nastawgan or water trail has been paddled for thousands of years first by Indigenous people then by European explorers, missionaries, fur traders, and voyageurs. It is officially recognized as Canada’s First Heritage River.

Take the time to explore historic village sites along the river, where logging camps or fishing stations once stood. The relics and artifacts reveal the story of those that travelled and worked this river in in the past.

Learn about a couple of species at risk in this area.

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Best Seasons to Visit

Spring

Summer

Fall

Things to Do Here

Canoe

Kayak

Getting Here

Local Resources

Explore this amazing place with help from local resources:

French River Provincial Park

French River is a river of national historic significance the French River is the first designated Canadian Heritage River.

French River Snowmobile Association

The French River Snowmobile association is responsible for 375 Km of groomed trails spanning across numerous waterways and wetlands from Estaire to the Key River.

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Species at Risk in the Spotlight

Common Snapping Turtle

Ontario’s largest turtle, the common snapping turtle is at risk mainly due to road mortality. Roadless areas, like the French River delta, are an important refuge for this long-lived species. And don’t worry about swimming with snapping turtles—they are shy and will generally swim away to escape danger.

Report your sightings of this threatened critter.

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Common Map Turtle

Common Map Turtles are typically spotted basking in large groups along the rocky shoreline. They quickly retreat to the water if you venture too close.

Report your sightings of this threatened critter.

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