Ottawa Valley Culture

The Early Economy

The Military

CFB Petawawa was founded in 1905 as the Petawawa Military Camp with the Royal Canadian Horse and Garrison Artillery being the first to train on the site

The Fur Trade and Logging

The fur trade of beaver pelts first brought Europeans to the Ottawa Valley in the 17th century and for the next two centuries thousands of European men travelled to North America to take part in this lucrative trade. Due to changing consumer patterns in Europe the fur trade dissipated in the early 19th century, however, the river network that had been the thoroughfare for the freighter canoes carrying pelts to the posts and ports became the highway for timber.