The town is situated between two rivers near Borden Lake and surrounded by a number of Provincial Parks.
Having a population of 3400, Chapleau thrives on being a major logging centre with excellent hunting and fishing.
It is also noted as being "black bear capital of Ontario". Chapleau offers many resorts
and campgrounds along with its own airport for land-based planes. For the athletes in the family,
the area provides golfing, tennis, rollerskating and swimming off sandy beaches.
Chapleau was named in 1886 for Joseph-Adophe Chapleau (later Sir Joseph-Adophe Chapleau) who lived 1840-1898 and was premier of Quebec, Canadian secretary of state, and lieutenant governor of Quebec.
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Chapleau Game Preserve
Chapleau is home to the world's largest game preserve. Many from around the world come to visit its amazing tranquility and beauty. It's not unusual to see moose, bear and an assortment of birds.
The Centennial Building
This is the headquaters of the Chamber of Commerce Information Centre. Also of interest here are the many historical displays such as the Rotary International Friendship Table, built from hundreds of sections of wood from around the world. Other exhibits include mounted specimens of game, fish and fowl and the old CPR engine outside the building. Picnic area, nature trails and a bird sanctuary are also provided.
Surrounding Chapleau are several Provincial Parks. Ivanhoe is 55 miles north and east on Timmins Highway, go 30 miles west on Highway 101 to get to The Shoals Provincial Park and head south on Highway 129 to go to Wakami Lake Park.