Welcome to the French River!

Land of the Voyageurs

The Municipality of French River is a beautiful and peaceful place to live, work, and vacation. The French River was the main water highway to the west from 1600 to the mid-1800s. Early French explorers named it la Rivière des Français. From fishing and hunting to golfing and hiking, there is much to explore on “the French.”

GO – Five provincial parks in the French River area are well-loved for their natural beauty, heritage, and variety of outdoor activities.

DO – The French River is renowned for its fishing, and members of the French River Resorts Association are spread out along the picturesque river. The association represents lodges, resorts, cottages, camps, campgrounds, trailer parks, tenting, outfitters, motels, and the famous French River Trading Post.

SEE – The Backstreet Gallery in Noëlville features local arts and crafts representative of Métis, First Nations, Francophone, and Anglophone populations of the French River-Nipissing corridor.

SNAP – A river of national historic significance, the French River is the first designated Canadian Heritage River.