Archives of Ontario Exhibition

French Ontario in the 17th and 18th Centuries: A Virtual Exhibit
Until March 31, 2018

French Ontario in the 17th and 18th Centuries: A Virtual Exhibit

In the summer of 1604, a group of settlers which included Samuel de Champlain founded a French settlement in North America, on Sainte-Croix Island, Sainte-Croix River (Bay of Fundy). Champlain founded Quebec four years later and, in 1610, the first French explorers came to what is now Ontario.

Over the following century and a half, the French continued to explore our province and the lands beyond and many of them chose to settle here.

After the British conquest, the Canadiens continued to play a role in the province’s economic and political life.

The Archives of Ontario is pleased to commemorate four centuries of French presence on the Continent with “French Ontario in the 17th and 18th Centuries”. Through maps, photographs, paintings and textual documents, the exhibit tells the story of the first two centuries that followed the first French explorations of our province, in 1610.

Follow explorers, missionaries, coureurs des bois, soldiers and settlers as they take us to the pays d’en haut.


For more information on Franco-Ontarian history, please visit the Archives Ontario online resources at Please note that the Virtual Exhibit will be available on the Archives Ontario website indefinitely.

Archives of Ontario--Virtual Exhibit