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The Tar Route from Ancient Times to the Present Day
The Tar Route goes from Oulu to Kajaani via Manamansalo and Sotkamo to Kuhmo. The Oulujoki River area forms part of an ancient waterway from the Gulf of Bothnia to Lake Ladoga. It has been used for wilderness excursions and as a military and commercial thoroughfare. It is also known in history as being the transport route between the castles of Kajaani and Oulu and as a timber rafting and tar transportation channel.
The route from Kajaani to Oulu was also part of Finland’s first tourist route in 1887. The Oulujoki River came to the notice of international travellers’ circles at the end of the 1800’s. The English upper classes were looking for new tourism and fishing destinations. Kajaani’s white-water rapids with their valuable fish stocks and the wide lake-land landscapes of Oulujärvi Lake were suited to tourism. The island of Hailuoto has been a popular destination for botanists and zoologists since the 1800’s. The tar route transports us from ancient landscapes of the soul to the centre of modern life.