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Atikokan | Ontario

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Quetico Provincial Park

Canoeing Capital of Canada

Quetico Provincial Park is an excellent recommendation when passing by in Atikokan. A world-famous destination, you will see a multitude of sights, and many opportunities to experience.

Get lost in the natural presence of rocky cliffs, showering waterfalls, fresh-scented pine and spruce forestry, and dimensional rivers and lakes. With a staggering 471,878 hectares, there is much to view everything about this park. Go swimming in the lake, or visit the countless number of rivers. Sit down at their many available tables to enjoy a picnic with family or friends. Trail the moderate paths that go off in different directions for kilometres on end. Canoe through the interconnecting system of rivers and lakes. View the incredible wildlife and angling as you venture through.

There are also campgrounds in different areas of the park for those who wish to stay longer.

Photo: Open Government Licence – Ontario

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Little Falls Scenic Lookout

Easy to find, a bit a ways off of the main road, and with a fair amount of parking space. These cute falls are very charming and well-worth stopping for. The area is beautiful year-round and is open year-round as well.

Take a quick glance at the natural, fast streaming water riding the small rocky cliffs in the summer or view its natural, frozen carcass in the winter. At the bottom is a small lake that is a fishing hot spot where you can find fish like Northern Pike. There are a few designated trails around its perimeter to venture through the surroundings around the fall.

Photo: TourismAtikokan, Wikimedia Commons

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Turtle River-White Otter Lake

Established in 1989, the Turtle River-White Otter Lake offers many opportunities in its 49,294 hectares. Located a little over an hour from Atikokan. This place is truly worth the road trip. When you arrive, you’ll notice the rugged rock bed landscape that provides some of the oldest rock in the world. Surrounded by beautiful lakes, streams, and forestry.

The popular activities that this park is known for are canoeing and fishing. Paddle through the mostly calm waters on White Otter Lake, or on the smaller neighbouring streams. In the water, you will find many types of fish to catch such as Lake Trout, Walleye, and Northern Pike.

There are also many other activities available such as boating, hiking, and hunting. There are sightings of deer, black bears, moose and an assortment of other wild beings.

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White Otter Castle

Not too far from the shores of the White Otter Lake is the White Otter Castle, a three-story log cabin that is an iconic landmark and dates back to the 19th century. There are also remains of a prisoner of war camp a few hundred yards up the lake. This park offers has much to see and do and is a must for anyone passing by.

Photo: facebook.com/TourismAtikokan

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Canoe Canada Outfitters

Established in 1974, Canoe Canada Outfitters is a popular tourist attraction in Atikokan. With a huge customer base, it is a wonderful touring experience to explore many of the unknown areas in the region. The entertaining, and knowledgeable staff have you covered.

Canoe Canada Outfitters is known for its well-presented tours of the surrounding areas. Whether it’s for a canoe, fishing, or a camping trip, they have you covered.

They offer places that are by fly in or by boat. There are well-maintained cabin rentals in these parts that just leave you and the blissful wilderness. It’s easy of a trip that you don’t need to plan much as they take care of everything.

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Atikokan Centennial Museum

The Atikokan Centennial Museum and Heritage Park is a place to view the rich timeline of Atikokan. Located in the heart of town, along the Atikokan River. The place is open only on weekdays from 10 am-4:30 pm, and offers free admission.

Come step in, and glimpse at the history that dates back to the Ice age, to the mining ages. View specialty possessions such as a 12,000-year-old Caribou Antler, a Shelvin-Clarke logging locomotive, mining exhibits, and so much more.

Everything is well laid out all around so your eyes are always kept busy with visuals, and literature. The place is a feast for knowledge.

The Atikokan Museum overall is a place worth viewing for history lovers to understand the deep meaning of the region.

Photo: atikokan.ca/content/atikokan-centennial-museum

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Historic Iron Mines Caland & Steep Rock

The Iron Mines Caland and Steep Rock around is a place of ingenuity, and beautiful wilderness. The place is most recommended for visiting in the fall, as this is the time is when the fall colours come out. The leaves fall off the trees, creating a beautiful flood of autumn colours on the ground, and a better sightline of the buildings and quarries around.

View at your own pace to see the setting of where iron ore was mined, and harvested from the ground to produce items such as the World War Two Hawker Hurricanes, to toasters, and nails.

The place was well-engineered to create minimal damage which equates to its beautiful surroundings today. With untouched forestry that goes on forever, a place is a place many marvels at. This place lasted until the 1970s until most of the buildings and equipment in the area withered. A lot of where the quarry pits were are now flooded with water, bringing out a nice turquoise colour. The place is an amazing example of what the early onset looked like in the Mining Age and visitors will surely remember it.

Bring proper footwear and exercise caution. Note that shoes can end up coloured in red due to the high iron content in the ground.
Photos: Open Government Licence – Ontario; Robert M. Lavinsky, Wikimedia Commons

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Charleson Recreation Area

Atikokan Charleson Recreation Area offers a number of recreational ideas year-round. Located a few minutes North of Atikokan, next to Lake Minnow Pond. This recreational area is great for passive, and adrenaline adventures.

You can go motocross riding on their designated motocross tracks that are open 24/7 to the public. Around the track, there is a picnic shelter, stand seating, and horse stalls. There are also a few 4×4 mud fling tracks that are perfect for riding through during the hot summertime. As well, perfect for snowmobiling during the winter.

Outside of the tracks are trails designated for ones that want to go hiking, mountain bike riding, horse riding, snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

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Little Falls Golf Course

The Little Falls Golf Course, just outside of the town’s perimeter, is between Highway 622 and Little Falls Road. This 9 -hole golf course is a charming spot to spend the day on. Get taken away from civilization, and burrow into the tight, discrete playing grounds this place has to offer.

The courses all vary in different elevations and narrow fairways. Some are crossed by a creek that offsets into many directions. Covered by valleys of dense forestry. There is also a one-of-a-kind waterfall that can be best viewed from the 7th tee.

There is much to see as you golf through their more than amateur-rated playing fields. Be prepared for hilly terrain in most areas and try to escape from your recovery shots as there will be some guaranteed challenges.

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Chips R Us

Located right on Main Street, in downtown Atikokan. Chips R Us is open during the months between mid-May to mid-September. This seasonal place offers some of the best cut fries that you won’t find anyplace else. Greatly loved and appreciated with a 4.4 Rating on Google, you can’t pass up the opportunity.

The food they also have to offer is burgers, hot dogs, poutines, assortments of styles of fries, and much more. Great to snack by anytime when you’re enjoying the weather during summertime. Be served by a friendly staff that will cater to special instructions. Chips R Us offers the best summertime food for the best prices and is a family-friendly place to visit.

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Little Darlings

Little Darlings located on Main Street, is right in downtown Atikokan. This café-style restaurant offers an excellent assortment of home-cooked meals. Available from breakfast to lunch. It’s the perfect way to start your day or afternoon.

Try their array of foods from their baked goods section such as English muffins and bagels. Too trying their assortment of Club Sandwiches, Salads, Soups and so much more. Everything is prepped in good time, and with a great presentation. Made on the spot from the freshest ingredients. Its portions are light, but the pricing goes with it accordingly.

Little Darlings is definitely worth the stop when in Atikokan for a quick bite.

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