Malcolm Montgomery and Gil Dupuis, Special to The Daily Observer


A portion of a map of Canada West (formerly Upper Canada) – 1855, by Samuel Augustus Mitchell. This section shows the area around Grand Callumet Island, what we know today as L'Isle-aux-Allumettes. For over 50 years, Samuel Augustus Mitchell and his successors and son were one of the most prominent publishers of maps and atlases in the United States.

Unfinished constitutional business: Is the Ontario and Quebec border at Allumette Island in the wrong place?

As Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation, now is an appropriate time to read what is included in Canada’s constitution. Could it be that where the boundary between Ontario and Quebec in the Upper Ottawa Valley is entrenched in the Constitution, is actually in a different location from where the border between the two provinces is