Small northern towns offer travellers plenty of hospitality, personality, and out-of-the-ordinary opportunities for memorable adventures. Here’s our roundup of great places to hike, ride, golf, dine, and visit in Northeastern Ontario.
Hike or ride in Papineau-Cameron
About 450 million years ago, a giant meteorite crashed at high speed into what was then a shallow sea. Today, a huge crater known as the Brent Crater, about 3 km (2 miles) wide, remains in the township of Papineau-Cameron. You can visit the lookout point on the eastern rim of the crater on Brent Road in Algonquin Park, 32 km south of Highway 17, to take in stunning panoramic views. Follow the self-guided interpretative trail, 4-km round trip, from the road to the base of the crater.
Or if you’d rather ride than hike, head to the Voyageur Multi-Use Trail System, a network of hundreds of old logging trails covering more than 300 km between the Laurentian Mountains, Algonquin Highlands, and Ottawa and Mattawa Rivers. Go play in the dirt and explore by ATV, side-by-side, dirt bike, mountain bike, 4x4, or snowmobile (permits required). Stop off at Myrt's Family Restaurant in nearby Mattawa for a homemade pogo-stick or some wings after a day exploring outdoors.
Explore, dine and relax in Killarney
Killarney enjoys a deserved reputation for stunning natural northern beauty. Lace up your hiking boots for the 7-km loop trails starting right in the small village of Killarney on the North Channel of Georgian Bay, like the East Lighthouse/Tar Vat Bay trail and George Island Wilderness Trail. In nearby Killarney Provincial Park, take a canoe or kayak out for a paddle and soak in the sights that captivated Group of Seven artists.