At the Archives: Summer 2013

Was Champlain Ottawa’s First Tourist?

Four hundred years ago Samuel de Champlain traveled up the Ottawa River in search of a route to Asia. He developed a relationship with the Anishnabeg, the inhabitants of the Lower Ottawa River watershed. This exhibit showcases Champlain’s experiences outlined in his journal, the Anishnabeg and the legacy of this voyage.

The 1613 Voyage of Samuel de Champlain

City of Ottawa Archives Exhibit
Gallery 112, 100 Tallwood Drive

From June 10, 2013 until July 26, 2013.

City of Ottawa Archives Showcases Samuel de Champlain’s 400-year-old Voyage

Mayor Jim Watson officially opened the Ottawa’s First Tourist? exhibit on June 17, 2013 at City of Ottawa Archives in commemoration of Samuel de Champlain’s 1613 voyage. City Archives partnered with the Kitigin Zibi, the Anishinabeg, the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation and the Museoparc Vanier to offer this exhibit marking the 400th anniversary of de Champlain’s voyage.

“This year we commemorate Samuel de Champlain’s voyage and his importance to Canada and to our capital region,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “I encourage residents to visit the exhibit and embrace learning about this part of our local history.”

Ottawa’s First Tourist? offers hands-on activities and artifacts relating the story of Samuel de Champlain’s voyage through the region and his interactions with First Nations.

“I want to recognize the City of Ottawa Archives for once again bringing our local history to focus in an interesting and approachable manner,” said Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee.”The exhibit is relevant to every generation and I hope every resident gets to enjoy it.”

The exhibit is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gallery 112, James Bartleman Centre, 100 Tallwood Drive.

For more information on the exhibit and the City of Ottawa Archives, visit