The Algonquins called the Ottawa River Kichi Sibi or Kichissippi meaning "Great River" or "Grand River". The area was used for wild edible harvesting, hunting, fishing, trade, travel, and camps for over ten thousand years by local populations. The Ottawa river valley has many archaeological sites with arrow heads, pottery, and stone tools. The area has three major rivers that meet, making it an important trade and travel area for thousands of years. This traditional use area was well used, with beautiful waterfalls, beaches, trails, good fishing areas, and an abundance of wild life for hunting.