Rivers are wonderful parts of nature – they are life-giving, mysterious, and moody. Their sources are in far away places and are often just small trickles, which become mighty, raging rivers. The Gatineau River’s source is the lakes north of the Baskatong Reservoir. The 386km river joins the Ottawa River in Quebec. The Gatineau River Heritage Paddle Fest is a wonderful event with picnics and boat races which are held yearly. You’ll discover that this river, which provides so much entertainment, was named after a certain Nicolas Gatineau who was a fur trader, and who apparently drowned in the river. The story of TheGatineau River, available as a book, and with photographs, maps, and a wonderfully descriptive text, will tell you that the Gatineau played a part in the development of hydroelectric power . Why not bring the story to life and get yourself a guide of the river which is available free of charge online. On your Gatineau River heritage paddle, you’ll also meet biologists who will be available for a naturalist tour of the nearby lying Phillip’s Island.