Historically, Kirkland Lake has been known for two things: gold and hockey. As such, the town’s two big attractions are the Sir Harry Oakes Chateau (a museum in the impressive manor of a former gold tycoon) and Hockey Heritage North (a museum celebrating the disproportionately large number of early NHLers who hailed from the small community). Today, the area is a favourite for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy hiking the trails beside the famous waterfalls in the nearby Kap-Kig-Iwan Provincial Park. After a day of exploring the beauty of Ontario’s North, a trip to The Dish Café, an unexpectedly upscale find in central Kirkland Lake, is a perfect way to indulge and relax.
Sir Harry Oakes Chateau
Now home to the Museum of Northern History, this custom and entirely distinctive manor was certainly the most lavish home ever built in the Kirkland Lake area. Created for gold baron Sir Harry Oakes, the yellow, wood home sits on a bluff overlooking a naturalized wetland teeming with geese, ducks, and other waterfowl. Even those without a particular interest in history will be impressed by this home’s unusual architecture and stately presence.