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Hearst - Impossible to Forget

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Hearst - Impossible to Forget

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Experience the great outdoors, local attractions or a unique adventure, Hearst is a destination you won't forget!

Algoma Country. Our region of 28,000 square miles is located in the heart of Northern Ontario. It’s a landscape of pristine wilderness, scattered with remote lakes and packed full of adventure. If you like fishing for a variety of freshwater species, want to paddle the shores of Lake Superior, Huron or secluded inland lakes, hiking trails through pristine wilderness, or exploring the outdoors in winter, our region allows every opportunity to enjoy tranquility, or adrenaline-pumping activities.

And that adventure starts in any of the communities that dot Algoma. We’ve written a number of feature articles about the many communities located here; this one features the community of Hearst, Ontario.

The town of Hearst is situated on Highway 11 on the Mattawishkwia River. Originally called Grant, the town was built due to the construction of the National Transcontinental Railway in 1913. The town was later changed to Hearst, as it was renamed for William Howard Hearst—then the Ontario Minister of Forests and Mines, and later premier of Ontario.

Interesting Facts About Hearst

  1. It is the most Francophone community in Ontario at 86%.
  2. The town boasts of being the “Moose Capital of Canada.”
  3. It has the only Tin Man on Highway 11 – which stands outside All North Plumbing & Heating.
  4. The Hearst Lumberjacks, a Junior A Hockey Club, makes the town proud and over 700 spectators attend each local game!
  5. Hearst is the hometown of Claude Giroux, NHL hockey player and Philadephia Flyers Captain.

For the Outdoor Adventurer


Hearst is a gateway to experiencing Northern Ontario’s amazing outdoors. Fish for a variety of freshwater species at a remote lodge or fly-in outpost. Hike wilderness trails, view wildlife in its natural setting, or capture an epic sunset by camera. Camp in a locally owned campground and explore the nearby provincial park. Hit the trails by ATV or adventure bike that connect with Dubreuilville (www.adventurenord.ca).


In winter, Hearst is a hub for snowmobiling. Go All the Way There, then connect to the Northern Corridor trails to complete the loop of these northern trails. Explore the many hot spots for boondocking as well! Visit Aventure Nord to learn more!

Explore Local Attractions


There are a lot of things to do see and do in and around the town of Hearst. Some ideas we have for you are:

  • Arrange a site visit to Rheault Distillery to sample handcrafted award-winning vodka and cherry liqueur
  • Learn about the town’s forest history at the Heritage Sawmill Marketplace
  • Experience heritage and culture at the Ecomuseum and art exhibits at Galerie 815
  • Sample cheeses inspired by the Northern landscape at the Fromagerie Kapuskoise, located an hour away in the community of Kapuskasing (The goat milk is produced from a goat farm in Hearst)
  • Visit La Maison Verte for a taste of local tomatoes and cucumbers, as well as their unique shop

Other Things to Do in Hearst


  • Go shopping in our local boutiques
  • Enjoy fine dining, family friendly restaurants, or a quick meal
  • Go golfing
  • Enjoy the hiking, snowshoeing and ski trails
  • Go to the beach for a swim or picnic
  • Rent a boat, kayak, canoe or pedal boat to enjoy our beautiful lakes
  • Rent a Teepee for a night or two at Pivabiska Lake
  • Participate in many sport events such as the Sets on the Beachvolleyball tournament, the Triathlon, or the Wild Run Défi Cross Country
  • Go to a music or stand-up comic show at the Place des arts

Fushimi Provincial Park

Located 30 minutes from town, Fushimi Provincial Park is a great place to spend the day fishing, boating, birdwatching, and hiking. There are two trails to explore in the park, Achilles Lake Trail and the Fire Tower Trail. The Bannerman Fire Tower was built in the 1930s to house the fire ranger and his family during the summer. Interested in staying in the park? Fushimi’s services included tent camping, backcountry sites, and a cabin are all available.

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