The province has unveiled a new 1,500 km trail spotlighting Francophone culture and heritage.
The Route Champlain is a tourist trail that will guide visitors on a path closely aligned to explorer Samuel de Champlain’s historic journey through Ontario, according to the province.
The outdoor route will include cultural and heritage sites that celebrate Ontario’s Francophone regions, cities and villages.
“The Route Champlain is a major initiative that highlights our historical heritage and promotes our Francophonie in all its diversity,” said Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, Marie-France Lalonde in a statement. “An important legacy of Ontario’s 400th Commemoration of French presence and Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Route Champlain reflects the Ontario government’s commitment to our Francophone communities. This initiative offers an unparalleled opportunity for visitors from home and abroad to discover the richness of Ontario’s Francophonie while contributing to the province’s tourism industry and its economic and cultural development.”
The Route Champlain will open in 2018 and will introduce visitors to the Ontario communities along the journey that Champlain began in 1615.
“The new Route Champlain will be a wonderful addition that will highlight our province’s vibrant Francophone culture and heritage for tourists from around the world,” said Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “It will also increase Francophone tourism offerings and give visitors a unique opportunity to explore and discover Ontario communities along the route.”