Whether you’re cruising in an RV, a car, or on a motorcycle, late summer and fall are fantastic times to explore the Lake Temiskaming Tour in Northeastern Ontario.
Cultural experiences, history, scenic lookouts, and fresh, local food—what doesn’t this touring loop have to offer its visitors? Covering a looping distance of approximately 450 km, this ride can be accomplished in a weekend, or extended and savoured at length. You’ll tour through vibrant communities large and small such as Temiskaming Shores, Temagami, North Bay, Mattawa, and Ville-Marie to name a few.
Cruise along routes that hug sparkling shorelines, take in the crisp reds and russet golds of fall foliage from scenic lookouts, and taste all that the region’s agricultural lands have to offer. At the end of a day on the road, settle in and pamper yourself at any number of accommodation providers throughout the region.
This is the Lake Temiskaming Tour experience.
The Passport Contest:
A Guided Tour to the Loop’s Premier Attractions
Anyone planning on touring this route should make sure to request or download the 2018 Lake Tour Passport as you could qualify to win a number of prizes! Until September 30, 2018, complete your passport by visiting the key attractions and locations identified and getting your passport punched.
Collect at least ten punches for a chance to win one of three tourism packages valued at $1,000 CAD each! Collect an additional six stamps to be entered to win a gift basket of local products valued at $500 CAD.
What’s Fall Got to Do With It?
When we said fall is an ideal time to ride this loop, we weren’t exaggerating. Although it's a popular touring route at any time of the year, the region is full of Instagram-able lookouts, popular hiking trails, guided fall colours tours, and harvest-season eats. A plus: bugs have mostly disappeared by now, so you can explore pest-free. Here’s just a taste of what you’ll experience.
To the north lies the Little Claybelt region, a fertile agricultural area where you’ll notice many farms and fields as you tour. Agrotourism is a popular offering here, and there is a range of tours and activities you can participate in. Get your passport punched at the Little Claybelt Homesteaders Museum while you learn about the region’s history, and stop to take a photo with Miss Claybelt the Cow.
Make sure you trek out to Devil’s Rock (on the west side of Lake Temiskaming), just 5 km from Haileybury. Have your breath taken away as you look out over the borders of Ontario and Quebec from a height of over 300 metres—the fall views are incredible.
As you travel south out of the claybelt, notice how the landscape begins to change. If you’re touring along Highway 11 on the west side of the lake, you’ll pass through the community of Temagami. This is your chance to experience an ancient virgin forest, largely untouched by the pressures of mining or forestry. Climb the Caribou Mountain fire tower for 360-degree views of the area and get another punch on your passport.
Is your interest piqued yet? This is just a sampling of what this vibrant region has to offer its visitors. For a full list of suggested fall touring activities in both Northeastern Ontario and Quebec, click here.
Where to Stay
(We Know You’ll Want To)
A big loop means a wide range of possible accommodations to suit every taste. From bed & breakfasts to campgrounds to classic hotels and outfitters, you’ll find a full list of accommodations to choose from right here.
Where to Eat
Whether you’re a foodie (or just hungry), you won’t have to go far to find a place to snack on this excursion. Considering the agricultural farmland this loop is settled on, it will come as no surprise that local flavours aren’t hard to find. Sample craft beers from local microbreweries, indulge your taste buds at a fine dining restaurant, or get a gourmet coffee on the go—you’ll find a full listing of eateries, cafes, and more right here.
No matter your timeline or itinerary, this loop offers something for just about everyone, whether you're planning a friend's getaway, a romantic couple's trip, or are motorcycle touring with friends.