Voyer Trail

Corbeil

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Description

The Voyer Trail is a shared-use recreational trail following the old Voyer Road connecting Corbeil and North Bay.

The trail originates in Corbeil at the headwaters of the Lavase River following the shoreline of the waterway like so many of the land-based trails in the region that were originally developed by the nation’s first peoples from extensive exchange systems.  With the arrival of the Europeans in the 17th century, the area attracted many explorers and fur traders leading to the advancement of the timber industry in the 1800’s.  Early maps of the area show a transportation corridor known as the Mattawan – Nipissing Colonization Road laid out by Public Lands Surveyor, Duncan Sinclair in 1853.  It connected the present day communities of Mattawa, Eau Claire, Rutherglen, Bonfield and Corbeil, and then dipped southward at Thorncliffe Station to connect to Callander and North Bay.  Following the incorporation of the Township of East Ferris in 1921, the identity of the section of the Mattawan-Nipissing Road between Corbeil and North Bay became known as the Voyer Road in honour of the Voyer Family that were early settlers of the area.  The road between Corbeil and North Bay remained the only connection until around 1932 when the Trans Canada Highway #17 replaced the east-west corridor.

Over time, the road has receded into a natural state. Today, the old road has been developed by volunteers for recreational purposes.

Ownership Municipality of East Ferris
Length 7.8 km

Rules for Use

Respect all trail users

Directions

The Voyer Trail is accessed from the east end of Voyer Road in Corbeil.

The vast network of trails we celebrate exist on the traditional lands and waterways of the Anishinaabe people within the territory protected by the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850 and Williams Treaties of 1923.