Ottawa Valley Culture

Legend and Lore

Big Joe Mufferaw

Big Joe Mufferaw was a French Canadian folk hero from the Ottawa Valley perhaps best known today as the hero of a song by Stompin’ Tom Connors. This Paul Bunyan-esque character made his living chopping down trees for timber as well as defending the oppressed French Canadian loggers of his day when many of their bosses were English and their rivals for work were the Irish.

A DEAD MAN SAVES THREE LIVES - The Mayflower Story

There have been many stories written about the sinking of the “Mayflower” boat on Lake Kamaniskeg on November 12, 1912 with three men surviving and nine people drowning.