La Vase Portages route 2015
courtesy North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority
William Logan map 1845.
Map: Plan of the Upper Ottawa & Mattawa River to Lake Nipissing, Copy of Survey by W.E. Logan, Provincial Geologist, 1845, Board of Works 1846. Source: Library and Archives Canada/NMC14270
This map has been posted courtesy of the National Archives of Canada. It represents the oldest documented map that accurately records La Vase Portages which are simply noted as "Portage" in red lines on the document. One of Canada's early surveyers Mt Logan, Yukon was recognized in his honour.
Alexander Nivens map 1880
Alexander Nivens was assigned the responsibilty of accurately mapping the lot and concession lines of West Ferris in preparation of the Canadian Pacific Railway first spike being driven just east of the La Vase Portages. The railway bed is of course still in use today and portagers need to be wary when crossing the tracks at the south end of the middle portage.
Most relevant to the contemporary situation of pinpointing the historic route for La Vase Portages is that the Niven's map records the portage location in relation to the lot lines that are still used on municipal maps today.
North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority Map 1997
This map is posted at the north access to La Vase Portages just beside Brandy Lake on Highway 17 by the North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority. The area marked in yellow represents the only portion of La Vase Portages actually owned by the NBMCA. Friends of La Vase Portages came together to work with property owners and various levels of government to retain and preserve access to this historical canoe route. As of Spring 2008 those discussionss , while generally positive, are still ongoing. We recommend anyone considering using the route contact either the Friends of La Vase Portgaes for current trail conditions, the NBMCA , or join us on our canoe day set this year for July 26.