Top 20 NHL Players from Northern Ontario – 16 – Tim Horton

Top 20 NHL Players from Northern Ontario – 16 – Tim Horton

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Tim Horton Played 20 Seasons for the Maple Leafs

Number 16 – Tim Horton

Tim Horton was born in Cochrane on January 12, 1930.

Going undrafted, Tim signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs and made his NHL debut in 1949-50. He bounced between the Pittsburgh Hornets of the AHL and the Leafs before finally starting the season with the Leafs in 1952-53.

His name has become famous for other reasons in Canada as well; can’t really put my finger on it though.

Tim Horton – Playing Career

Tim Horton was one of the most durable defenseman to ever play the game. More often than not; he played entire seasons even playing 486 consecutive regular season games.

While not a high-scoring defenseman, Tim would use his impressive strength to strong-arm the other team.

The majority of his career saw him playing on the blueline for the Leafs. In October of 2016, Toronto retired his jersey as part of their century celebration.

During his career in Toronto, Horton became a household name during his 20 years on the Leafs defense core.

A four time Stanley Cup Champion, with teammate Eddie Shack, Tim also made the NHL First All-Star three times and the Second All-Star team twice.

After playing 20 years in Toronto, Tim continued on playing in New York, Pittsburgh and Buffalo. He played his last game at the age of 42.

Tim Horton – Life After the NHL

Tragically, Tim Horton’s life ended while he was still a member of the Buffalo Sabres organization.

Although, Tim laced up the skates for nearly 25 seasons, he had an entrepreneurial edge to him that began winding up as his career was winding down.

After a few failed ventures including a hamburger restaurant and an automobile dealership.

Tim partnered with Gary Joyce to open a coffee shop baring his name. The first Tim Horton’s was opened in Hamilton in 1964, 10 years before his last game.

As his career grew as did the coffee chain. By his untimely death there were over 40 Tim Horton’s franchise.

Today, Tim Horton’s can be found on seemingly every corner in Canada and many other countries around the world.

They say a man dies twice in his life; once when he leaves the earth and again when his name is uttered for the last time.

Although, Tim Horton’s coffee shop are seemingly going nowhere for a very long time, Tim, the hockey player will not be easily forgotten.

He built a name for himself as once of the strongest, most dependable players that have ever put on the Blue and White.

Top 20 NHL Players from Northern Ontario – 17 – Eddie Shack

Top 20 NHL Players from Northern Ontario – 17 – Eddie Shack

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Eddie Shack is a 4 time Stanley Cup champion from Sudbury

Number 17 – Eddie Shack

Eddie Shack was born in Sudbury on February 11, 1937.

Going undrafted, Eddie was signed by the New York Rangers after playing his junior in Guelph. A veteran of six separate teams, Eddie made the biggest name for himself while playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Eddie Shack – Playing Career

Eddie entered the league with the New York Rangers. During his first three years bouncing between the Rangers farm team and the NHL club.

In 1960-61, he was traded to the Leafs near the beginning of the season and his playing career began to take off. The next six seasons with the Leafs were his most productive including three Stanley Cup victories from 1961 to 1964 and again in 1966-67.

One year, Eddie scored the cup winning goal of his backside. Always with a flair for jokes, he told reporters he was just trying to get out of the way.

1967 was the last year the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup.

After leaving Toronto, Eddie played for Boston, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo. With five seasons of 20 plus goals; Eddie brought a multitude of skills to the teams he played on.

Eddie played in the NHL All-Star game three times in his career.

Eddie Shack – Life after the NHL

Eddie was always a great personality on the ice; but his off the ice persona is off the charts. With nicknames like “The Entertainer” and “The Nose”; he was the source of much laughter.

With his patented mustache and cowboy hat; he is a beacon of light for the face of the NHL game.

Eddie tours for NHL alumni games that raise funds for a variety of causes. Still one of the games most recognizable persons; he often plays the referee or the coach.

I fully recommend Clear the Track: The Eddie Shack Story a must read for every NHL fan.

Eddie Shack is a true ambassador of the game.

Top 20 NHL Players from Northern Ontario – 18 – Jean-Paul Parise

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Jean-Paul Parise playing for the Minnesota North Stars

Number 18 – Jean-Paul Parise

Jean-Paul (JP) Parise was born in Smooth Rock Falls on December 11, 1941.

Going undrafted, Parise was signed by the Boston Bruins and assigned to their junior hockey league affiliate. The head coach of the team, the Niagara Falls Flyers, was Leighton “Happy” Emms, future general manager of the Bruins.

Side note – the Ontario Hockey League had an Emms Division. It was named after “Happy” Emms and both the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Sudbury Wolves played out of.

Jean-Paul Parise – Playing Career

When Parise was signed by Boston, the league was still only in it’s original 6 teams. Bouncing around the minors and playing a few games with Boston allowed Jean-Paul to work on his two-way game.

Jean-Paul joined the expansion Minnesota North Stars during their inaugural 1967-68 season. He was traded to Minnesota half way through the season and his offensive prowess took off.

Playing the better part of seven seasons in Minnesota, he made a name for himself as an offensive weapon. Having multiple 20+ goal seasons, he was named to the league all-star team in the 1970 and 1973 seasons.

He was so good, that he joined Team Canada at the 1972 Canada-Russia summit series. Although playing in only 6 of the 8 games, while playing alongside Phil Esposito he scored twice and notched two assists.

Parise had the second biggest moment in the final game (other than Henderson’s goal). The refereeing was so bad in Russia’s favour that Parise threatened to swing his stick at the referee’s head.

He never went through with it but was ejected anyway. The refereeing improved for Canada after this.

Parise was traded to the New York Islanders during the 1974-75 season. He would go on to have two more seasons with more than 20 goals.

He eventually retired after playing in Minnesota after the 1978-79 season.

Parise held the record for fastest goal to start a playoff OT, taking only 11 seconds. This record lasted 11 years.

Jean-Paul Parise – Life after the NHL

After playing a majority of his career in Minnesota, he rejoined the team after retirement as an assistant coach.

He was an assistant from 1980 to 1988 with a one year hiatus to coach their farm team, the Salt Lake Golden Eagles.

From 2008 to 2010, he briefly returned to coaching. He served one season as the head coach and another as assistant for the Des Moines Buccaneers.

Parise, also coached and was Hockey Director at Shattuck-Saint Mary’s. Shattuck-Saint Mary’s is a boarding school in Minnesota that has produced top level NHL talent such as Sydney Crosby and Jonathan Toews.

In 2014, Parise announced that he had advance stage lung cancer and succumb to the disease two months later.

Parise left behind his wife, four children (One, Zach who plays for the Minnesota Wild) and six grandchildren.

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Number 20 – Chris Simon
Number 19 – Claude Larose

Top 20 NHL Players from Northern Ontario – 19 – Claude Larose

Top 20 NHL Players from Northern Ontario – 19 – Claude Larose

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Claude Larose while playing for the Montreal Canadiens

Number 19 – Claude Larose

Claude Larose was born in Hearst on March 2, 1943.

Claude was an undrafted right wing playing for the Hull-Ottawa Canadiens of the Eastern Provincial Hockey League (EPHL). The EPHL was a minor professional league that only played for four seasons. Claude’s coach was the legend, Scotty Bowman.

As a side-note; North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury all had teams in the league.

Claude Larose – Playing Career

Claude was a consistent goal scorer who averaged 15 goals a year while playing for the Montreal Canadiens.

Montreal was his home team for 11 of the 17 seasons during his playing career.

Brought in to Montreal to add toughness, Claude was able to maintain the speed of play which the Canadiens were accustomed to.

Claude has five hat tricks to his name; scoring nine goals over a three game span in 1974. The nine goals were scored playing on a line with Frank and Pete Mahovlich (also from Northern Ontario).

Claude is a 5-time Stanley Cup Champion; winning all five with the powerhouse Canadiens through the mid 1960’s through 1970’s.

His two most productive seasons came with the Minnesota North Stars during the 1968-69 and 1969-70 seasons. Years 2 and 3 in the franchise’s existence, where he played along side fellow Northern Ontario alumni, Jean-Paul Parise.

Claude Larose – Life After the NHL

After going from Montreal to St. Louis in the 1974-75 season, Claude would play three more years in St. Louis.

Retiring from the game after the 1977-78 season.

He became an assistant coach of the Hartford Whalers from 1983 to 1988. For the 1988-89 season he became head coach of Hartford’s farm team, the Binghamton Whalers.

He returned to Hartford for one more season of being an assistant for the 1991-92 season.

Afterwards, he became a scout for the Carolina Hurricanes.

Claude’s son Guy, was an 11th round draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres. He played in 70 NHL games scoring 10 goals.

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Number 20 – Chris Simon

Top 20 NHL Players from Northern Ontario – 20 – Chris Simon

Top 20 NHL Players from Northern Ontario – 20 – Chris Simon

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Chris Simon while playing for the Calgary Flames

Number 20 – Chris Simon

Chris Simon was born in Wawa on January 30, 1972. Born in the dead of winter only hardened one of the toughest hockey players to ever lace up the skates.

Chris is a second round draft pick going 25th overall to the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1990 NHL entry draft. Never tying his laces up for Philadelphia; Chris was the final piece of the puzzle finalizing the controversial Eric Lindros trade from Quebec to Philadelphia in 1992.

Chris Simon – Playing Career

Never known as a goal scorer (even after a 29 goal season in 1999-2000 while playing for the Washington Capitals), Chris was an absolute force on the ice.

Playing the game with a fearless edge; Chris was was never afraid to stand up for himself or his teammates. A trait that has slowly left the league in recent years.

Chris won the Stanley Cup in the 1995-96 season and achieved a childhood dream by strapping a life-jacket on the Stanley Cup and taking it fishing.

Always with more penalty minutes than points, he seems to always find himself in the wrong spot.

With eight separate suspensions (an amount he shares with someone else on the top 20 list) totaling 65 games, Chris often allowed the passion of the game to get the best of him.

His passion was close to holding him back from achieving his dream. While playing for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 1991-92, Chris was taken under the wings of then Head Coach, Ted Nolan.

Chris Simon – Life after the NHL

Chris is an avid hunter/fisher and can be found on the lakes near Wawa today.

Retiring from the NHL after the 2007-08 season, Chris played 5 years in the KHL (Russia) while ending his career with Novokuznetsk Metallurg.

Being of indigenous decent, Chris has provided many indigenous children with access to hockey schools and opportunities that many would not have had.

Chris is a true believer in giving back to the community. From showcasing the Stanley Cup or signing autographs at the Handy Store in Wawa.

Playing Hockey Against Chris Simon – A Personal Story

Of all 20 players on the list, Chris was the only player I ever went up against (or met).

In 2004-05, the NHL lockout year while many NHLers went to Europe; Chris went home to Wawa, to ice fish.

Dubreuilville hosted a 4 on 4 “Out of Breath” hockey tournament that we both played in. We had one game against each other.

A close game, that we ended up losing, Chris’s strength was on full display during the whole tournament.

He scored on us, with one hand on his stick pushing our goalie into the net while scoring. He slashed my stick out of my hands with force. I grabbed it and skated away.

He ran into a player on one of the other teams and the man (not small) had a bruise from the hip to his shoulder.

Chris made it to the finals (his team lost) but he let a slapshot go that caught the goalie in the shoulder/collar bone area. The goalie was swollen and could barely move his arm at the ending ceremony right after.

The memories of his career will be his suspensions; but this is wrong. He was a force of a player that other teams feared and a season of 29 goals.

A true patriot of Northern Ontario.

Windy Lake Provincial Park

Windy Lake Provincial Park

Northern Ontario Provincial Parks

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Windy Lake Provincial Park is located 45 minutes west of Sudbury off of Highway 144.

The campground sits on the beautiful sandy shores of Windy Lake in Northern Ontario.

Windy Lake Provincial Park – The Campground

There are a variety of options for camping at Windy Lake.

The campground itself has over 90 regular campsites with half of them featuring electricity. These sites are in loops separating the non-electrical from the electrical. All sites are large and provide plenty of room for trailers or multiple tents.

There are also unique “double sites” where two sites combine into one large lot. These sites are perfect to use as a smaller group camping site.

Another unique feature is the four Yurt sites and Rustic Cabin camping. Each can house multiple people and have beds built into them. The Rustic Cabin even has a fridge and a microwave while the yurts have an electrical outlet.

An unique feature is the walk-in camping sites that are accessible only by foot. There is a common parking area but vehicles aren’t permitted on the sites. It gives the site a backcountry feel but still easy to get to.

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    Welcome to Windy Lake entrance sign - adventure awaits!

What to do at Windy Lake Provincial Park?

The beach is one of the larger ones in the Sudbury area. Not only is it well frequented by campers, many visitors from nearby Sudbury will visit the beach on day passes.

There is a private reservable day-use area that is separate from the beach but can hold a group gathering. This is not a bad idea because the beach fills up fast.

The water get progressively deeper and is a bit cold, but the sand will burn your toes on hot days. It’s a good trade off.

There are two separate play equipment in the park. One is right down in the public day use area and is almost brand new. Complete with a see-saw, zip line and swing, the play area is great for children. The other play area is located just outside of the comfort station in the main park.

Although it is a bit older, it is much quieter then the beach play equipment and a great after supper event.

One of the downfalls of the park, is that the beach is a pretty good hike from the campground. Although, there is a walking path to cut down the distance, it is still a good walk.

Many boats travel the lake as well. You can see many people fishing at Windy Lake as you sit on the shores.

Going after a variety of fish, but known for it’s Lake Trout, the lake offers great catches both in the summer and winter. Ice fishing on Windy Lake is unique as you can rent ice shacks for the day.

Hiking at Windy Lake

There is one hiking trail in the park, right near the comfort station.

The three kilometre trail, takes you into the vast Northern Ontario wilderness.

Large trees showcase the vast array of birds and small animals.

The trail to the Beach is a hike in it’s own however. Featuring some great roots that make up nature’s staircase, the dip in the lake at the end is a great reward.

Windy Lake Provincial Park Review

If you are looking to camping near Sudbury, Windy Lake Provincial Park offers a great time. Similar to Fairbank Provincial Park, Windy offers a glimpse of the great beaches in the area.

Multiple playgrounds and a large variety of camping sites, there is something for everyone.

Esker Lakes Provincial Park – Camping near Kirkland Lake

Northern Ontario Provincial Parks

Esker Lakes Provincial Park is located in Northern Ontario; 32 kilometers north of Kirkland Lake.

Esker Lakes campground is located in the Timiskaming District off of Highway 672 and sits on the Eastern shores of Lake Panagapka.

Esker Lakes Provincial Park – The Campground

The campground has approximately 100 sites with nearly 60 of them having electricity.

Separated into two different areas, the electrical and non-electrical have campgrounds of their own.

The campgrounds are appropriately named Sunny Point campground and Lakeside and Hilltop campground.

Esker Lakes campground features three group campsites. They are all secluded, two on Lake Lallan and one at the entrance of the park. There is plenty of room on any of these group sites to get the family together and enjoy this great park.

What to do at Esker Lakes Provincial Park

Esker Lakes is a beautiful park that features countless crystal clear lakes created by glaciers thousands of years ago. Each Lake can be canoed to and there are only short portages between them.

Lake Panagapka features two sandy swimming beaches, one right near the campsites and the other in the day use area. Many of the lakes in the Provincial Park, because they were created by glaciers, are crystal-clear. The bottom of the lakes can be seen in some areas well over 8 feet down.

Similar to many campgrounds in the North, canoeing is a great activity at Esker Lakes.

With over 15 kilometers of routes available and a launch on Panagapka, everyone has the opportunity to enjoy a great day on the lakes.

There are two swimming beaches in Esker Lakes campground. They are both on Lake Panagapka.

One swimming area is right at the campground and other at the day use area.

Hiking in Esker Lakes Provincial Park

Esker Provincial Park is home to four different hiking trails

  1. Prospector’s Trail
  2. Rated easy, this Lake Panagapka hiking trail goes along the Southeast shore of the Lake. The trail is close to 1.4 kilometers long.

  3. Lonesome Bog Trail
  4. Also rated easy, the trail circles Sausage Lake. On the east end of the Lake, is a bog that can be traveled across using a bridge. The trail is close to 1.5 kilometers long.

  5. Recreation Trail
  6. Rated easy, this is a great trail for a quick walk or run through the campground. The trail is also close to 1.5 kilometers long.

  7. Trapper’s Trail
  8. Rated difficult, Trapper’s Trail has three different loops ranging between 9, 14, and 20 kilometers. Beginning on the northern end of Panagapka, the trail continues north to Thrasher Lake and is well marked. Along the trail is an older Trapper’s cabin that was inhabited by an Ojibway woman who was there until 1970.

A Final Esker Lakes Provincial Park review

This is a family friendly campground near Kirkland Lake.

The rich history of fur trading as well as Lake Panagapka make this a nature’s paradise.

With many interior lakes formed by glaciers, thousands of years ago, this park has animals crawling all over it.

Any day is great for camping here, but you especially do not want to miss the Blueberry festival in August.

Rainbow Falls Provincial Park

Rainbow Falls Provincial Park

Northern Ontario Provincial Parks

Rainbow Falls Provincial Park is located on the shores of Lake Superior in Northern Ontario.

The Park is located five minutes east of Rossport and 12 minutes west of Schreiber.

With some of the most beautiful shoreline along Lake Superior, Rainbow Falls is a must see for everyone.

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Rainbow Falls Provincial Park Campground

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The campground is broken into two different areas. With over 125 campsites combined, there is a camping area for everyone.

The Rossport campground, is located on the rocky shores of Lake Superior. With 36 sites total, 23 having electricity, this is a breathtaking area. Sites are very open in the Rossport campground but offer a memory that not many Northern Ontario Provincial Parks can match.

The Whitesand Lake campground is located on the north side of Highway 17. With nearly 100 sites while roughly of them feature electricity, this campground offers a great family atmosphere. The campground is broken up into four different loops; Selim, Maggie, Whitesand, and Lakeside.

Both Maggie and Selim offer electrical sites while Whitesand and Lakeside do not.

What to do at Rainbow Falls Provincial Park

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Hiking at Rainbow Falls offers some of the most difficult terrain of any Provincial Park. The rocky shores of Superior provide difficulties for even the most experienced hikers.

The Trans-Canada Trail runs through the Park. The Casque-Isles section is 52 kilometres long and runs through the towns of Terrace Bay, Schrieber, and Rossport.

While offering unbelievable views, this trail is not to be taken lightly.

Always let someone know when you are hiking the Trans-Canada trail.

Hiking Trails in Rainbow Falls Provincial Park
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  1. Back Forty Trail
    This five and a half kilometre trail travels to a vast outlook over Lake Superior. While rated difficult due to its continued climb, the view at the end is well worth it
  2. Lake Superior and Whitesand Lake
    Just under five kilometres, even though this trail is rated the easiest of the 4, it is anything but. Rated moderately difficult, just like the Back Forty Trail, this trail offers some stunning views of the Lake they call Gitche Gumee.
  3. Rainbow Falls Trail
    The shortest of the three trails around three kilometres long, this trail offers it all. From descending down the falls to a bridge overlooking the water, to ascending to a great lookout of Superior. This trail has one memorable view after another.

Swimming at Rainbow Falls

The tale of two parks.

Whitesand Lake offers two sandy beaches that are great for the family. Whether you are playing Frisbee or swimming in the buoyed area, this is a perfect little getaway.

Rossport offers the frigid waters of Lake Superior. As your body penetrates the surface, the lake surrounds you, removing all stress through Lake Superior Therapy.

Both swimming areas are a must try while you are camping at Rainbow Falls.

Lake Superior has breathtaking views all around but few Provincial Parks compare to Rainbow Falls. From the lookouts, to the waterfalls, to the sandy beaches, this campground has something for everyone.

Fairbank Provincial Park – Camping near Sudbury

Fairbank Provincial Park – Camping near Sudbury

Northern Ontario Provincial Parks

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Fairbank Provincial Park is located 45 kilometers west of Sudbury and 75 kilometers east of Espanola in Northern Ontario. Fairbank Lake is one of the clearest, spring-fed lakes in Northern Ontario.

Right the edge of the Sudbury Basin, the provincial park owes much of its unique features to the history of the area. The Sudbury Basin was formed nearly 1.8 billion years ago by a meteor crash.

Fairbank Provincial Park – The Campground

20 kilometers off of Highway 17, Fairbank campground boasts over 150 campsites with over 40 campsites having electrical hookups.

The Park consists of one large campground but is broken up nicely throughout the trees. The tall maple trees provide plenty of shade and large campsites in a variety of settings.

fairbank-provincial-park-comfort-stationFairbank Park has a large comfort station with flush toilets. Just outside of the comfort station is a large field that is perfect to play Frisbee or run with a dog.

Many of the campsites are right on the water and each with their own little beach. These are perfect sites for families as the kids can enjoy the sand while the parents watch.

The group camping site is very large and can easily hold 7 or 8 trailers, perfect for a large family gathering at the campground.

What to do at Fairbank Provincial Park?

fairbank-provincial-park-ducks-beachNot only do many of the campsites at Fairbank have their own private beaches, the public beach is great as well. The public beach is the perfect size so that all may enjoy in the campground.

There is a large grassy area just up from the Fairbank beach for people to have picnics or catch some sun. The water gradually gets deeper and is buoyed off for safety. Fairbank is a great area for swimming near Sudbury.

The lake is home to a number of private camps and it is normal to see many boats travelling on the Lake. Various fishermen also take in the lake with the island near the swimming beach being a hotspot for fishing.

Fairbank Provincial Park has a boat launch on its premises that provides fishermen and boating enthusiasts an opportunity to go out on the Lake.

Bass are most often found in Fairbank Lake but a variety of other fish can be caught too.

The campground doesn’t offer a Natural Heritage Education staff but has other programs that everyone can take part in. Science North, the largest Science Centre in Northern Ontario, provides some activities for children at the campground.

The July 1st long weekend is a show in itself. The local private camps all decorate and board their pontoon boats for a parade of the lake while Canadian pride is on full display.

There is one hiking trail in the park. The Wa-Shai-Gai-Mog (Ojibway for “clear water”) provides 10 unique stops that showcase different aspects of the Park. From drill holes for diamonds to seeing Sudbury’s iconic superstack in the distance.

We suggest grabbing a pamphlet from the gatehouse; although the spots have markings without the info you may have a hard time knowing what you are looking at.

A Great Campground near Sudbury for the Family

fairbank-provincial-park-family-play-structureFairbank Provincial Park is a very family friendly campground. There is a great play structure down at the beach as well as a volleyball net to enjoy.

There are canoe rentals as well as a great family beach. The beaches on the individual campsites though will have the children wanting to come back often.

There own little beach paradise where they can build their own sand castles without fear of being knocked down. Except, maybe, by their siblings.

Fairbank campground is a great family campground that is set far away from the highway in a serene area of Northern Ontario.

Fairbank Lake is crystal clear and relatively quiet despite private camps on the Lake.

The growth of the forest provides unique tree growth and plenty of little animals around the campsite.

Northern Ontario is at its finest in this campground and is a great campground near Sudbury with a public Sudbury beach.

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Northern Ontario Provincial Parks

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is located in Northern Ontario on the Beautiful shores of Lake Superior.

The park is about an hours drive to Thunder Bay, travelling 30 minutes on both Highway 17 and Highway 587.

Looking out the peninsula from Highway 17, the hills actually look like a person laying down, hence the name Sleeping Giant. The furthest tip of the peninsula is the Giant’s feet.

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Sleeping Giant Provincial Park – The Campground

With over 200 campsites, The Marie Louise Lake Campground, is the Provincial Park’s main campsite. Over half of the campground offers the convenience of electricity.

Ranging in terrain, some campsites are great for recreational vehicles, others for tents and some for those campers who want to get away from everyone.

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he interior while others are right on the shores of Lake Superior.

Group camping at Sleeping Giant can be done on one of two sites. The smaller site features electricity and accommodations of up to 25 people. The larger sites also has electricity and can fit up to 50 people.

Similar to Blue Lake Provincial Park, the Marie Louise Lake Campground offers “trailer equipped” sites. With large, fully functions trailers available, campers can enjoy a camping retreat in the comfort of a trailer. There are 3sites total.

The campground also has five cottage equipped sites that can be moved right into.

With great Northern Ontario names such as Dragon’s Mouth, Rose Pogonia, Fairy Slipper, Pink Moccasin Flower, and Coral Root, the cabins offer a little something extra.

What to Do at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park?

ontario-sleeping-giant-provincial-park-thunder-bay-lookoutNestled on the shores of Lake Superior, the views and spectacles are endless.

Taking full advantage of it’s location, the Provincial Park has well over 100 km of hiking trails.

Ranging from the short, half kilometer, Plantain Lane Trail (with one of the best views in the park from the Sibley Creek bridge) to the forty kilometer Kabeyun Trail, there is a trail for every hiker.

The Natural Heritage Education staff retell stories of mining and the area and stories of the lake known as Gitchee Gumee. With programs ranging from wildlife to vegetation, campers have the opportunity to learn about this extremely unique park.

The winter months offer some of the best cross country skiing in the Thunder Bay district in Northern Ontario. With over 50 kilometres of groomed trail, all ski levels have the opportunity to partake in this great past time.

The Sleeping Giant Loppet, both a friendly and competitive cross country skiing competion takes place on the first Saturday every March.

With trails ranging from 8 kilometers to 50, the Loppet offers a challenge for all skill levels.

Swimming in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

There is plenty of opportunities to swim all over the park as well as the main campground. Marie Louise Lake has a main swimming beach that is well marked with buoys.

Swimming in Lake Superior is also available on many parts of the Kabeyun trail. Many of the secluded bays along the hike offer the chance to have a great swim and experience some Lake Superior therapy.

Middlebrun Bay also has a great beach full of sand and is one of the more convenient beaches in the park.

Sleeping Giant is one of the most picturesque parks in Northern Ontario. A true Northern Ontario beauty from both Highway 17 as well as the views from within the park, this is one camping and hiking experience you can not miss.