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Robert Julian Agnel

Kitchissippi water flow restricted

Ottawa-Gatineau Canada

May 05 2020 at 14.30 GMT - 4:00

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Restricting the flow of the water in the Ottawa River

As seen from the Chaudière Bridge on the border between Gatinéau, Québec and Ottawa, Ontario Canada

The Algonquin Anishinaabe name for the falls is Akikodjiwan.

The waterfall's whirlpool is the bowl of a great peace pipe, and its mists are smoke rising to the Creator.

The river at this location narrows to about 60 metres (200 ft) wide and drops 15 metres (49 ft). The shape of the falls before its development resembled a large kettle or cauldron. This year the spring run-off was rather tame, some years I would have gotten splashed where I was standing.

Chutes de la Chaudière or Cauldron Falls was the name given to the falls by Samuel de Champlain in 1613.

The Ottawa River also known as Kitchissippi  (Algonquin) and Rivière des Outaouais (French) was part of the highway to the interior of North America. From Montréal traveling north on the Ottawa River to the Mattawa River then west across Lake Nippising to the French River into Georgian Bay across Lake Huron then south on Lake Michigan and on to the Mississippi River. By the mid 1600's French Missionaries, voyaguers and coureur des bois traveled south to the mouth of the Mississippi River, west to the Rocky Mountains and north to the Arctic

Ocean creating mostly peaceful mutually beneficial trade relationships with the indigenous people of North America.

Looking at the geography of the area it is easy to see why the  Indigenous people from present day Ontario, Québec and New York State would meet here for trade and spiritual celebrations. The Gatinéau River, the Rideau River with the twin Rideau Falls both enter the Ottawa River within 5 km of this site.


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Ottawa River

The Ottawa River is 1,271 kilometres (790 mi) long; it drains an area of 146,300 square kilometres (56,500 sq mi), 65 percent in Quebec and the rest in Ontario, with a mean discharge of 1,950 cubic metres per second (69,000 cu ft/s). Over its length the river drops 370 metres or more than 1200 feet.

The rivers journey through Ottawa- Gatinéau is about 80km or 50 miles.

The river enters the west end of the city at Chat Falls a 10.7 meter (35 feet) drop in the river, now restricted by the Chat Falls generating station. From there the river widens and flows east into Lac Deschênes a 44 kilometres (27 miles) stretch of the river at its widest 3.2 kilometres (2.0 miles) caused by the flow being restricted by the Deschêne Rapids. Next Remic Rapids a long slow drop in elevation before Chaudière Falls. The river peacefully leaves the city on its journey east to the Carillon Dam and locks which inundated the rapids of Long-Sault before entering the Lake of Two Mountains at the confluence with the St. Lawrence River.

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