Welcome to Chapleau
The Township of Chapleau is situated within the Boreal Forest and Arctic Watershed Region of Northern Ontario. Chapleau is best known for being the home of the world's largest Crown Game Preserve, as well as being the 2011 winners of WFN's Ultimate Fishing Town Canada contest. The Game Preserve, established in 1925, is 700,000 hectares in size, making it an exciting eco-tourism destination for world nature and wildlife travelers.
Chapleau is also home to many different cultural communities, such as, Chapleau Cree First Nation, Chapleau Ojibwe First Nation, Brunswick House First Nation, Chapleau's francophone community, and Chapleau's Metis community. All of the various cultures have had a large impact on the history and upcoming of Chapleau.
Deeply rooted in the fur trade and the railway, settlers came to the area to establish a Hudson's Bay Trading Post in 1774. Over 100 years later Chapleau began to form a community when in 1885 the transcontinental Canadian Pacific Railway line through Chapleau was finished. A fire in 1948 encouraged the government to develop a road so that logging contractors could remove the timber before it rotted. Consequently, Highway 129, which was started during the depression, was finally finished in 1949. In future years, Highway 101 was constructed to link Chapleau with Timmins to the East, and Wawa to the West (Wawa - 140 kilometres to the West and Timmins - 200 kilometres to the East).
Chapleau offers beautiful land, to be utilized however you wish, ATVing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, bird watching, biking, swimming, fishing, hunting, boating, etc. If you're looking for the ultimate outdoor adventure, come to the beautiful Chapleau Region for an unforgettable experience!