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

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

Northern Ontario Sports
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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 – 20 – Chris Simon

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

Northern Ontario Sports
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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.

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.

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.

Caliper Lake Provincial Park – Camping near Nestor Falls

Northern Ontario Provincial Parks

Caliper Lake Provincial Park is located in Northern Ontario; seven kilometres south of Nestor Falls. Caliper Lake campground is in the Kenora district, directly off the Trans Canada Highway and sits on the northern shores of the beautiful Caliper Lake.

Caliper Lake Provincial Park – The Campground

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The campground features over 80 sites with about one third of them having electricity. The park is broken up into two separate areas, one for the electrical sites while the other having non-electrical.

Caliper Lake campground offers a spacious group campsite that can fit nearly 40 people. The site overlooks the lake and is one of the nicer camping sites in the park.

One of the unique features of Caliper Lake are the walk-in campsites. Eight of the sites have a short walking distance after parking your car away from the site. Ranging up to 50 metres, the sites make you feel like you are in the backcountry and are right on the water.

What to do at Caliper Lake Provincial Park?

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Caliper Lake features a great swimming area with sandy beaches, located in the western part of the park. The beach is a great size for an inland lake in Northern Ontario. The lake is shallow which keeps the water warmer but still provides a refreshing swim.

The park also features a great hiking trail located near the entrance of the park.

The Beaver Pond Trail ranges in size depending on which loop you choose. Between 2 and 3 kilometres, this moderately difficult hiking trail takes you around a great reminder of the vast differences in Northern Ontario forests and ponds.

One of the best parts about the campground is the annual Moose N’ Fiddle Music Festival. Displaying a wide variety of upcoming and established musical talent; there is music that everyone can enjoy. Artisan shops, a variety of food trucks and music lessons provide a great interactive opportunity for all of the campers and visitors.

Fishing in Caliper Lake Provincial Park

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Caliper Lake is home to a wide variety of fish which includes Northern Pike, Crappie, Walleye and Smallmouth Bass. An unforgettable shore lunch is just waiting to be pulled out of the lake.

The boat launch is right in the middle of the two separate campgrounds. One of the best parts of camping in the park is fishing on Caliper Lake.

Caliper Lake Provincial Park is a great campground located in Northern Ontario near Nestor Falls. Located directly off Highway 17; this park features something for everyone.

Blue Lake Provincial Park – Camping near Vermillion Bay

Blue Lake Provincial Park – Camping near Vermillion Bay

Northern Ontario Provincial Parks
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Blue Lake Provincial Park is located in Northern Ontario; nine kilometres north of Vermillion Bay. Blue Lake campground is located in the Kenora District. Off of Highway 647, which is directly off the Trans Canada Highway, the park sits on the eastern shores of beautiful Blue Lake.

Blue Lake Provincial Park – The Campground

The campground features over 200 sites with half of them electrical. The park is well laid out and is well marked in order to find your campsite.

The park features two group campsites that can fit anywhere between 40 and 140 people. Both group campsites are in great locations at opposite ends of the park and are some of the closest sites to the shores of Blue Lake.

One of the more unique features of Blue Lake campground are the “trailer equipped” sites. Six sites in the park come ready to camp with trailers already on the site and the only thing you need to take care of is kitchen and personal items.

Blue Lake Provincial Park has a rich history in Northern Ontario. In the early 1900’s, there was a large forest fire that left it’s mark in the Park.

What to do at Blue Lake Provincial Park?

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Blue Lake features some of the most crystal clear waters in Northern Ontario. A long sandy beach runs the entire length of the park and features buoys to mark the safe swimming area. One of the group campsites has its own buoyed beach.

There is no shortage of available hiking in Blue Lake Provincial Park. The park features four quite unique hiking trails through a variety of areas.

The Boulder Ridge trail is a one kilometre trail that is relatively easy to traverse. A truly Northern Ontario mix of scenery, this trail features it all. Remnants of glaciers and forest fires through the areas and sand runs from rivers that have dried up.

The Goblin Lake trail, the longest in the park, is 11 kilometres long and a moderate to difficult hike. This all day hike wraps around Goblin Lake and provides scenery that would like the same as hundreds of years ago when the fur traders were in the area.

Rock Point trail is a four kilometre trail with a moderate level of difficulty. Beginning at an active beaver pond, the trail traverses through a wide array of Northern Ontario trees from cedars near the shore line to large jack pine and balsam.

The Spruce Fen Boardwalk trail is one kilometre long, boardwalk trail that takes you around a floating island. Similar to the bogs of Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park, this unique feature is really something spectacular. Many animals and insects take advantage of this and can be seen from the walking path.

The park also features a Natural Heritage Education (NHE) staff which offers a variety of programs as well as treks back in time. Along with an old log cabin which houses the Park’s museum, it is really well representative of the great history of the area.

Fishing in Blue Lake Provincial Park

Blue Lake is another great fishing lake in Northern Ontario with a wide variety of fish. Lake Trout, Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike are mainstays of the Lake and provide the usual catches. More experienced fisherman will try to pull Walleye or Musky out of Blue Lake, but they pose much more of a challenge.

Nearby Corner Lake which is located only three kilometres south on Highway 647 features an opportunity to catch Walleye. Although, no other lakes are fully contained in the park, there are many lakes in the area offering a wide variety of fish.

Blue Lake has a fish cleaning hut which is on the opposite side of where the boat launch is located. Somewhat inconvenient, it is well used with all the different fish coming out of Blue Lake.

The lake features a steady number of canoes and kayaks which can be rented directly from the Park.

Blue Lake Provincial Park is a great campground near Vermillion Bay in Northern Ontario. Located just off Highway 17, it is very convenient and will provide countless memories for everyone that attends.

Aaron Provincial Park – Camping near Dryden

Aaron Provincial Park – Camping near Dryden

Northern Ontario Provincial Parks

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Aaron Provincial Park is located in the Kenora district of Northern Ontario; 11 kilometres east of Dryden.

Located on the southern and eastern shores of beautiful Lake Thunder just off of the Trans Canada Highway, Aaron park is a camper’s dream.

Aaron Provincial Park – The Campground

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    Aaron Provincial Park Entrance, directly off Highway 17 near Dryden (Photo credit to Paul Darling)
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    Driving along the shores of Lake Thunder (Photo credit to Paul Darling)
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    Hiking sign for Aspen Trail (Photo credit to Paul Darling)
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    The Aspen Hiking Trail is two kilometres long (Photo credit to Paul Darling)
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    Point on Lake Thunder (Photo credit to Paul Darling)
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    Overlooking Lake Thunder (Photo credit to Paul Darling)
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    Overlooking Lake Thunder (Photo credit to Paul Darling)
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    Campsites at Aaron Provincial Park (Photo credit to Paul Darling)
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    Wild Mushrooms - Better safe than sorry (Photo credit to Paul Darling)
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    Devil's Paintbrushes at Aaron Park (Photo credit to Paul Darling)
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    Crow overlooking Aaron Provincial Park (Photo credit to Paul Darling)

Aaron Park features nearly 100 campsites with approximately 30 percent of them having electrical hookups.

The campground is made up of two separate sections, east and west. Thunder Creek flows right through the middle of the park which separates the two sections.

Aaron Provincial campground has one group campsite that can easily handle 15 to 20 people.

This park, like so many other Northern Ontario Provincial Parks, shows the effects of glaciers. The glaciers left scratches on rocks as memories of them moving through the area.

What to do at Aaron Provincial Park

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The park features two beautiful, sandy swim beaches on Lake Thunder.

One beach is located on the east end of the campground and one at the west end. Both beaches feature picnic tables that can be used for a shore time lunch while taking a break from swimming.

One of the best features is hiking in Aaron Provincial Park. The park features two hiking trails that offer up different scenery.

The Aspen Trail is 2 kilometers long and is a moderate level of difficulty. Winding through tall balsam and jackpine, the Aspen Trial shows remnants of the glaciers going through the area. White-tailed Deer are frequent in the area and will leave their calling cards all around the Aspen trail.

The Eastern Cedar trail is just over a kilometer long and is an easy hike. Featuring some of the larger trees in Northern Ontario, this trail will make you feel like you have gone back in time. The trees are a reminder of the strength of the forestry industry in Northern Ontario.

The park store features a wide selection of Ontario Parks items including clothing and souvenirs. Firewood purchases can be made at the park store while grocery purchases can be done in the nearby town of Dryden.

Fishing on Lake Thunder in Aaron Provincial Park

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Lake Thunder features some great fishing with multiple areas on the lake that are hot-spots. The lake features a wide array of fish but is most notable for the Walleye, Lake Trout and Northern Pike.

The Park features a boat launch that directly enters Lake Thunder. Near the boat launch is a fish cleaning station that has running water, a luxury when cleaning a great Northern Ontario catch.

Aaron Provincial Park is truly a gem of a Provincial Park in Northern Ontario. The park is nestled on the shores of historic Lake Thunder provides showcases the importance of forestry while offering great swimming on sandy beaches.

White Lake Provincial Park – Camping Near White River

White Lake Provincial Park – Camping Near White River

Northern Ontario Provincial Parks

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White Lake Provincial Park is located in Northern Ontario approximately 40 kilometres west of White River and 50 kilometres east of Marathon along Highway 17. White Lake campground is located, directly across the mouth of the White River from Pic Mobert First Nation. The Provincial Park is the first campground inside of the Thunder Bay District as you are heading west.

White Lake Provincial Park – The Campground

White Lake Park has a total a 187 campsites with approximately 60 having electrical hookups. The Park is broken down into three separate campgrounds, Woodlily, Moccasin Flower and Sundew. Moccasin Flower is centrally located and has the campground’s only comfort station with flush toilets and showers. White Lake Provincial Park has one large group camp site that can accommodate up to 60 people, the group site is on the way into the park after the Gatehouse.

White Lake has a long history in the timber industry. Logs would be run down the river in the early 1900’s. The town museum in nearby White River has many pictures and artifacts of the logging industry including old axes that were found on the bottom of the White Lake. Logging is a significant industry in the town of White River and the saw mill is still running today as White River Forest Products. White River Forest Products is a collaborative effort between the town of White River and Pic Mobert First Nation.

What to do at White Lake Provincial Park?

The Park features two buoyed beach areas for swimming as well as multiple campsites that are right on the water. White Lake is a beautiful lake for swimming with clean, clear water and gets progressively deeper at both beaches. The main swimming beach has a large field just up from it that is great for playing catch or Frisbee.

There are also many smaller lakes within the park which are very serene settings for canoeing. Deer Lake, located beside the amphitheatre, provides a quiet calm lake for canoeing. The wildlife, such as beavers and birds love this lake. Clearwater Lake, which is completely spring fed, provides many of the same opportunities as Deer Lake.

The Provincial Park has a great outdoor education program complete with Amphitheatre. It is a bit of a ride from the park but many of the programs feature reminders of the logging history in the area.

Fishing at White Lake Provincial Park

White Lake has some of the best Walleye fishing in Northern Ontario. There are multiple sites on the Lake as well as up the White River that are hotbeds for Walleye.

There aren’t really any areas on the lake where fish aren’t caught but one of the best holes is Clay Bay. Clay Bay is located on the other side of White Lake, which can get choppy, but the rewards far outweigh a rough ride. Many of the Walleye pulled out of the lake are of a good size as well.

The Provincial Park has a fish cleaning hut right at the boat launch. There is plenty of parking at the boat launch for trailers so that they don’t take up too much of your site.

White Lake Provincial Park is a park between White River and Marathon that shouldn’t be missed. You can feel the history in the air.

Wawa – A Place to Work, Live, and Play

Wawa – A Place to Work, Live, and Play

Northern Ontario Towns

The Town of Wawa lies just over 2 hours from Sault Ste Marie and just over 5 hours from Thunder Bay. Best known for the Big Goose that overlooks the TransCanada Highway, it is the quintessential Northern Ontario town.

With a population of approximately 3,500 people, there is endless opportunity for adventures in Wawa. Being minutes away from Lake Superior one way and bush trails on the other, it truly is an outdoor paradise.

History of Wawa

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Wawa was found after a Gold discovery in the early 1900’s. Although, the gold didn’t pan out, hematite ore was found which is used in the steel-making process. The ore became the main source of employment for the town. The ore was sent by rail to Algoma Steel in Sault Ste Marie as part of their steel-making operations.

As Algoma Steel began going through financial difficulties, the business decision was made to close the Wawa mine site. Although the Wawa economy was hit hard, it did not take long for it to rebound. An oriented strandboard mill opened nearly 20 minutes out of town on the shores of the Michipicoten River. After undergoing a number of ownership changes, the mill was eventually sold to Rentech. Rentech with the intentions of creating a pellet mill, has since run out of money at the mill. Currently, the main employment is mining at River Gold and in nearby Dubreuilville.

What to do in Wawa?

Wawa is steps away from the outdoors. With endless trails for snowmachining, ATVing, and countless lakes nearby, there are tons of opportunities for any outdoorsmen. There is family camping near Wawa around including Lake Superior Provincial Park and Obatanga Provincial Park.

There are three major tourist events that happen in Wawa, that bring many participants in.

  1. Summer Salmon Derby
  2. The summer salmon derby brings participants from all over Northern Ontario and the Michigan upper Peninsula. With large cash prizes, the summer derby is enjoyable for everyone. As a spectator, you can watch the boats fish from the shores of Sandy Beach or as they bring in their fish at Buck’s Marina.

  3. Wawa Ice Fishing Derby
  4. The Wawa Ice Fishing Derby is one of the largest in Ontario. With up to 1,300 participants from all over Northern Ontario, the prizes are in excess of $100,000. Fishermen are able to fish on Wawa Lake, Hawk Lake as well as Manitowik Lake. There are 6 prizes per Lake and have been boats and ATV’s in the past.

  5. National Drag Race
  6. Relatively new to Wawa is the annual Drag Race. The Northern Nationals Drag Race takes place in early August and is a sanctioned NHRA event. Racers come from all over Ontario and Michigan to race in this high speed event. The Wawa drag race will be going into its 5th year in 2017.

What to see in Wawa?

The proximity to Lake Superior and Lake Superior Provincial Park gives plenty of opportunities for things to see in Wawa. With plenty of hiking trails, Lake Superior Park has sights for everyone.

A little closer to Wawa is Scenic High Falls. High Falls has a walking area that you can climb up beside the falls. It is a beautiful area with a gazebo for picnics or weddings.

Wawa-Lake-Highway-101-Ghost-Lake-HillWawa Lake is one of the largest spring-fed lakes in Northern Ontario. Although cold, it produces amazing sunrises and the Lake points almost due east. Nearly 7 kilometers long, there is road at the end of the Lake that can take you to Sir James Dunn pit and one of the best blueberry patches anywhere.

However, the main attraction is the large Wawa goose that watches over Highway 17 travellers. Multiple questions on Jeopardy have referred to the Goose and is a monument known across Canada. Although it has seen better days, money has been pledged to bring it back to its former glory. Geese sit on top of the Wawa Motor Inn and besides Young General store to pay homage to the original Goose.

Wawa is truly an outdoorsman paradise. With miles of trails, lakes and hiking, there is never a dull moment in this truly resilient little Northern Ontario town.