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The Historic Opeongo

Updated: 4 years ago - Created: July 25th, 2012

This route traces the historic Ottawa and Opeongo Road, which was established by the Canadian government in the 1850s to lure European settlers into the hinterland.

Depart Farrell’s Landing at Castleford. From River Rd (Cty Rd 1), turn right onto Thomson Rd and wind your way to Lochwinnoch Rd (Cty Rd 6). Turn right onto Lochwinnoch Rd (Cty Rd 6) and then right again on Hwy 17 to reach Renfrew.

From Renfrew, head up the Opeongo Line by travelling west via Hwy 132 to the Ferguslea bypass. Continue west along Ferguslea Rd back to Hwy 132; turn left and proceed to Dacre. From Dacre, travel north on Scotch Bush Rd to Balaclava. Proceed north on Scotch Bush Rd to Scotch Bush and turn left onto Constant Lake Rd. Proceed west on Hwy 41 and turn left. Proceed south for a few kilometers and turn right onto Opeongo Rd. Watch for the byway on your left approximately 1km after you turn onto Opeongo Rd from Hwy 41.

About 1.5km beyond the roadside byway, look for the Opeongo Oasis on the right side of the road. Continue your ascent northwest along Opeongo Rd to the intersection of Foymount Rd (Cty Rd 512). Turn left and proceed for a short distance to Foymount. Wind your way back downhill along Foymount Rd (Cty Rd 512), to Brudenell.

At the interstection of Foymount Rd (Cyt Rd 512) and Opeongo Rd in Brudenell, proceed west on Opeongo Rd through the Prussion Mountains towards Wilno. Follow Opeongo Rd west and turn right onto Wilno South Rd, which winds its way down into Wilno. Turn left onto Hwy 60 and travel west to Barry’s Bay. From Barry’s Bay, continue travelling west along Hwy 60 to Algonquin Provincial Park.

Click here to download the free audio for "Up the Line: A Driving Tour of the Opeongo Line" (for mp3 players). 
Listening Lenght: 1hr, 12 min Stereo
Actual Tour Time: Approx. 2.5 hours or 150 km
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