Histoire régionale, québécoise et canadienne - Regional, Quebecois and Canadian History
October 5 was the anniversary of the Battle of the Thames in southern Ontario. During the battle the great Shawnee Chief Tecumseh was killed, trying to repel an American invasion into Canada. He was a truly great warrior, leader and spokesperson for First Nations people during the early part of the nineteenth century. He died defending our country.
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Very close to 1000 AD, an earthquake estimated at a magnitude of 6.1 — or possibly stronger — shook this region enough to cause 10 major landslides.
One of them, at Quyon, covered an area of 31 square kilometres stretching back from the Ottawa River along the Quyon River valley.
And scientist Gregory Brooks, who studied the slides, says the same seismic conditions are present today.
That means a big earthquake like the one Brooks studies, though very rare, could happen again.
2013 marks the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s passage up the Ottawa River in search of navigable waterways and this is being commemorated at the 6th edition of the local producers fair, Savour the Pontiac.
The event will see the Quyon waterfront and Lions Hall transformed into a 17th century marketplace where local business owners, artists, artisans and producers will be dressed in period costumes.
A noble warrior of the 18th century, Pontiac, chief of the Algonquian-speaking Odawa (or Ottawa) tribe that settled in Ontario, became a peacemaker later in life.