With so many exciting vacation ideas and options available, deciding where to start is one of the hardest things about visiting Northwest Ontario! Here you’ll find a few fantastic must-see attractions that make great starting points for any adventure.
Features panoramic views of a 150 metre wide gorge and sheer cliffs that drop 100 metres straight down to the canyon floor. A trail and boardwalk connects two lookout platforms with spectacular views of the canyon. Arctic plants, usually found 1,000 km north, survive in the unique environment at the bottom of the canyon. A great location for an exciting, day-long adventure.
The award-winning Lake of the Woods Museum, one of the finest small museums in Canada, is located in the City of Kenora, Ontario, the gateway to Canada’s west. The Museum was established in 1964 and seeks to promote understanding of and respect for the cultures and heritage of the Lake of the Woods area, and to engage a diverse community in discovery and learning. Today, this well-established museum is home to a varied and intriguing collection of artifacts and thematic displays and special events.
Eagle Canyon Adventures is Lake Superior’s Circle Tour #1 Tourist Attraction. It is the home of Canada’s longest foot suspension bridge, which extends an amazing 600 feet across the canyon and hangs at a height of 152 feet above the canyon floor. If one bridge isn’t enough, there is also the smaller bridge which spans 300 feet across the canyon and 125 feet above the canyon floor.Cross the suspension bridges for an unforgettable thrill and witness for yourself the majestic beauty of the unique surroundings. View the depths of the canyon where a beautiful spring fed lake runs through.
Travel back in time to 1815, to a place where the buildings, artifacts, characters, and our natural surroundings combine to create a unique 19th century destination. Follow the picturesque nature trail to the Fort and step into the past. Tours, dramas, and demonstrations along with themed weekends, festivals, feasts, and concerts throughout the year are held at the Fort. Artisan demonstrations such as canoe building, blacksmithing, tinsmithing, period firearm assembly and demonstrations, coopering, and tailoring, as well as “domestic” demonstrations including period baking, food preparation and tasting! All of which are sure to entice and fascinate you on your journey to the past at Fort William Historical Park.
The marina in Red Rock is in the secure freshwater harbor of Nipigon Bay. It has deep water access from the Simpson Channel all the way to a fully-serviced Marina. The Marina enhancements began in 1992 with the construction of the breakwall that was built as an innovative demonstrative project of the Lake Superior Programs Office. It integrates fish and wildlife habitat into standard breakwall design. The marina features the Superior Treasures Gift Shop, as well as a full-service restaurant and a beautiful view.
The Casque Isles Trail is a signed and groomed trail that offers incredible vistas to hikers of Northern Ontario and Lake Superior.
The trail begins in Terrace Bay, passes through Shreiber and ends in Rossport for a total length of 53 km. The trail follows the shoreline of Lake Superior, hopping from bay to bay, and is divided into five units, each with its own unique wilderness experience and access point from Highway 17. These units vary in hiking time and difficulty so that both the advanced and amateur hikers can enjoy the scenery. The Casque Isles Hiking Club organizes guided hikes, trail blazing parties.
The newest addition to Sioux Narrows Nestor Falls might just be the best thing to happen to the township’s tourism industry. Following it’s grand opening June of 2012, the Northern Ontario Sport Fishing Centre has had over 4,000 visitors, including people from Sweden, France, Australia, England, and Germany. It features spectacular shopping and dining and of course, fishing.
The Terrace Bay Lighthouse is a 50 foot replica of the Lighthouse at the nearby Slate Islands which is the tallest lighthouse on the Great Lakes at 224 feet above sea level. It is located at the Simcoe Plaza intersection directly on the Trans Canada Highway. The Terrace Bay Lighthouse was constructed in July 2011 as part of the $3 million downtown revitalization project. It had an attendance of 12,000 people in 2011.
Immortalized on canvas by The Group of Seven, this remote and rugged peninsula promises silhouettes of rocky islands polished smooth by icy blue waters. Only the hardy survive here, including sub-Arctic plants and a rare herd of woodland caribou. Enjoy one the finest beaches on Lake Superior’s north shore or view a model of a former POW camp at the Visitor Centre. Home to a number of both beginner and advanced paddling routes, as well as many lovely hiking trails.
Spirit of Quetico offers Guided Canoe Trips in Quetico Park. Specialists in Smallmouth Bass and huge Northern Pike! Or come for a breath-taking eco-tour of Canadian wildlife and forestry preserve. Visit ancient pictographs near Atikokan Ontario, Canada. A world famous destination for backcountry canoeing with over 2,000 lakes and 460,000ha of remote wilderness. Great family camping at the Dawson Trail Campground with facilities for all types of camping, equipment and 35 km of hiking trails.
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