The Middle (Central) Ural The Chusovaya river Chusovaya is the most famous river in the Middle Urals Taking its source in Asia, it flows to Europe through the Ural Mountains The river valley is one of the oldest ones in the Urals It still keeps the region’s rich history The Cossack brigades led by hetman (ataman) Yermak
sailed down the river in the 16th century It was the beginning
of the Russian Empire’s colonization of Siberia First metallurgical plants appeared here
in the 17th century They were built along the river
by prominent Russian mineowners – the Demidovs These were manufacturing cast iron plants and plants, producing cannons and cannonballs Metal products made by the Ural industrialists
were in great demand in Europe as well Barges (sturdy wooden boats) were used
to transport the cargo along the river Nature is absolutely breathtaking here: peculiar cliffs, rising above the river, are under state protection as natural monuments, riverbanks are covered by coniferous forests (taiga) One can fully enjoy the nature of the Urals region and plunge into its history while snowmobiling with «Dikiy Sever» expedition club.