Allumette Island is surrounded by the
Ottawa River. At one mile wide it is the inter provincial
boundary between Ontario and Quebec.
Samuel de Champlain traveled this river
in the 1600’s; log booms were a common site from the mid
1800’s to mid 1900’s. Today the Ottawa river is mostly used
by pleasure crafts and fishermen.
Allumette Island is also known as
Iles-aux allumette’s. The island is approximately 25 miles
long by 7 miles wide, having the beautiful Laurentian
Mountains as a background. The publicly owned Laurentians
have an abundance of wild game, namely, moose, deer, bear, wolf and most other species native to North America. Allumette Island is located in the municipal regional county
(MRC) district of Pontiac County. MRC Pontiac comprises 89%
public land and 11% private land. Allumette Island is
included in the 11% private territory, yet has 700 acres of
public land within its interior. This unique acreage is
mainly used by the public for sport and recreation.
Allumette Island has 3 bridges, 2
connects to the mainland in Quebec and the main one to its
gateway in Ontario.
Allumette Island is located 150 kms west
of Ottawa international airport, 365 kms west of Montreal
and 400 kms northeast of Toronto.
Pembroke Ontario, our closest city, is
just minutes away. The city of Pembroke is best known for
its annual international Fiddling & Step Dancing
The climate of Allumette Island is noted
for its four distinct seasons. Warm wet months of spring
bring forth a hot dry summer season, which in turn precludes
clear crisp days of fall. Winter’s cloak of cold temperature
comes with lots of snow and throughout the season residents
revel in winter activities such as skiing, snowmobiling,
skating and etc.
Allumette Island is also blessed with a
“state of the art” bicycle trail that extends for 92 kms.
Along with excellent boating, fishing and swimming, Allumette Island is Ottawa Valley’s best kept secret having
limited development along its shores with privacy being its
main tribute. Allumette Island has it all, just waiting for
people to enjoy its surroundings.