In the early years of the Old Mission, there were no roads or railways. The primary means of transportation in the area was by water. As one of the only inhabited areas of the region, the Old Mission was poised to welcome the first steam ship, the S.S. Mattawan, which arrived June 4th, 1882. Since then, for a period of over 80 years, more than 50 boats steamed on Lake Temiskaming opening endless opportunity in the Temiskaming District.
Today, Old Mission Resort pays tribute to these important steamboats and you will find much of our theme is developed based on them. They were the primary means of transportation for decades. A century later, much of the areas amenities like golfing, fine restaurants, lodging, heritage sites, museums, shopping centers, farmers markets and other attractions can still be reached directly from the water. The following YouTube video by Mike Jacobs provides an amazing guide to local attractions all of which can be accessed directly from Lake Temiskaming