Northern Ontario Bike Paths and Rail Trails Professional Review and Guide
"Northern Ontario extends from the nearly inaccessible, century-old Algonquin Park over a land of unspoiled character and rugged beauty, crossing hundreds of lakes, wetlands and rivers to the lands north of Lake Superior. North of the 46th parallel lies a vast, untamed stretch of territory dominated by forests, lakes and rivers. It was by exploring these rivers that Europeans first penetrated deep into this wilderness and discovered two virtual inland seas, lakes Huron and Superior.
In the 17th century, the Europeans decided to set up trading posts so that they could do business with the northern Aboriginals, who were masters in the art of hunting. It wasn't until the 19th century, however, that these first settlements, which were scattered all over the territory, began to grow into small towns. Northeastern Ontario was colonized relatively late."