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The Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online has a good biography of Umfreville you may wish to read. The preceeding link directs you to it.

There are several locations in Northern Ontario named in honour of Edward Umfreville, including a lake in his name Northwest of Kenora and a railway section along the now closed CN rail line to Sioux Lookout. As well, a new walking trail has recently been opened in Sioux Lookout in his honour. The story announcing it in the Thunder Bay newspaper is as follows.

The Chronicle-Journal July 27, 2002. Page A3 SIOUX LOOKOUT "Good news" trail to open next week Northwest Bureau Sioux Lookout officials will host a grand opening of the Umfreville Trail next Friday. Trail committee chairman Doug Switzer is excited about the event. He has worked with the various levels of government and fundraising committees to make the trail a reality. "It's a good news story," he said. The 3.6 kilometer Umfreville trail begins at the Sioux Lookout Travel Information Center and runs parallel to Highway 72. It is named in honour of Edward Umfreville, an early explorer who discovered one of the three canoe routes from Lake Superior to the West in 1784. Interpretive signage along the two-metre-wide paved surface relates the legend of Sioux Mountain, Sioux Lookout's aboriginal beginnings, portage routes and archeological sites that span 7,000 years of human life in the area. Some historical sites along the route include the first Canadian water base for float planes, an old mill site and Squaw Island. The total cost of trail construction, paving and historical plaques was about $338,000, of which $100,000 was provided by the Millennium Bureau of Canada, $100,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund and the remainder by local fundraising.

[Note: I have included comments in a few places in RED text. All other comments were made by Mr. Douglas in the original text. His comments and mine are enclosed in square brackets, except for the footnotes, which Mr. Douglas provided. Bill Martin.]