Small Ordovician sedimentary outliers, including Brent Crater, within the northern Ottawa–Bonnechere graben are remnants of a once expansive Upper Ordovician sedimentary cover extending across the southern Canadian Shield. Facies successions along with updated macrofossil and conodont biostratigraphy, and isotope (C, O, Sr) chemostratigraphy provide additional insights into the terrestrial-to-marine transformation, carbonate-platform development, and oceanographic communication across the southern Laurentian platform. Four of the outliers document Sandbian shoreline-to-nearshore deposition: near Deux Rivières, Manitou Islands, the upper part of the Brent Crater sedimentary fill, and at nearby Cedar Lake. Marine transgression initially reworked local fine-grained to boulder-rich regolith within high-energy shoreface siliciclastic environments that gave way to low- to high-energy inner carbonate-ramp setting. Continued transgression resulted in more offshore rhythmic and diverse lithofacies successions defining mixed heterozoan, photozoan, and microbial productivity and marine isotope (C, Sr) signatures, but δ13C excursions suggest periods of greater mixing of terrestrial and marine carbon reservoirs. Lower Katian strata are preserved near Lake Nipissing and characterize deepening from high-energy ooid-heterozoan skeletal shoals to deeper water mid-ramp siliciclastics and skeletal carbonates, host to a Cruziana ichnofacies. An upsection decline in δ13C values through this succession may identify deposition during the post-peak decline of the global Guttenberg δ13C excursion. This lithic succession fits well with contemporary expansion of heterozoan skeletal lithofacies across the Laurentian platform, yet the presence of ooids identifies prevailing warm waters within the platform interior during early stages of transgression.

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