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Reel in the Best Summer Adventures in this Pristine Corner of Ontario

Reel in the Best Summer Adventures in this Pristine Corner of Ontario

On the eastern shores of Lake of the Woods, Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls delivers endless freshwater fun, trophy fish, and priceless memories.

Are you looking for the ultimate unplugged family vacation this summer where the only schedule that matters is Mother Nature’s?

Just under a three hour drive from Winnipeg and about five hours from Thunder Bay in Northwestern Ontario, you’ll find the community of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, one of Canada’s best kept secrets. This resort community sits surrounded by thousands of freshwater lakes and tributaries–part of the massive Lake of the Woods system, and the great northern wilderness beyond. 

Summers here are made for being on the water, soaking up the fresh air and glorious sun, and wiling the days away outdoors.

Scenic waterfall views await in this pictaresque town

With unmatched freshwater fishing opportunities, rewarding hiking trails, soft beaches, great parks and paddling routes, families will never run out of outdoor adventure or gorgeous spots to stop, catch a breath and simply relax.

Plus, visitors will enjoy true country hospitality at local resorts and lodges that offer flexible packages and a slew of activities designed to maximize meaningful family memory-making time. 

The ‘Centre’ of Canadian Fishing 

Families that fish together, stick together!

Enjoying a day on the water with a view of the Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre

Home to one of North America’s only attractions dedicated to angling, the Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre draws visitors from around the world. The centre celebrates the history of fishing in Northern Ontario through catchy exhibits featuring antique equipment and local lore. Each year, new programs inspire avid and novice anglers alike on everything there is to know about the sport today through engaging learn-to-fish workshops, hands-on classes and presentations. 

Families who love to fish together, or those just taking up the sport, consider making this your first stop. Then check out one of the local resorts that offer guided fishing experiences for the whole family–no matter what your skill level!

Resorts and Lodges That Put Families First

Local resorts provide excellent service, cozy accommodations and a variety of activities to suit every group and budget. 

Beautiful beaches and clear shallow water are what the area is known for

Kick back in comfortable housekeeping cabins and cottages at Hanson’s Hideaway Lodge, Indian Head Lodge or Laughing Water Lodge. Tinker’s Places offers the choice of full or modified American Plan style accommodation at the main lodge or remote wilderness retreats accessible by float plane. Muskie Bay Resort keeps it flexible from motel rooms to deluxe American Plan options. Or opt for a houseboating adventure with Tomahawk Resort and enjoy the freedom to anchor at the best fishing spots, swimming holes or next to pristine beaches.

Parks, Paddling and Trail Hiking

The Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls maintains several amazing hiking trails with varying levels of difficulty. Admire the natural beauty and local wildlife along the easy 2.6 mile Aspen Trail loop. The 2.2 mile Red Pine Trail is also suitable for all skill levels, and leads you through gorgeous pine forests. There’s a variety of terrain along the Boreal Trail, which is a little more challenging for the 3.8 mile distance. No matter what trail you choose, your family will enjoy pristine views and fresh air–and a day they won’t forget. 

A sunset paddle in Northwestern Ontario is an unforgettable experience

In partnership with the city of Kenora, Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls has developed six new multi-day regional canoe route guides that include portages, campsites and detailed maps. Ask about them at the Visitor Information Centre.

The two local provincial parks are definite musts. Look out for American White Pelicans at Caliper Lake Provincial Park. The clean, warm waters here also make for great fishing, while the beach beckons sun and sand worshippers. Sioux Narrows Provincial Park, on the shores of Lake of the Woods, is famed for its walleye fishing. 

Arts, culture, and small town hospitality

While many flock to Sioux Narrows for its proximity to Lake of the Woods and all the outdoor fun promised there, there’s also loads to do right downtown in this vibrant, artist’s haven. From live music at the Lazy Loon Restaurant to the fabulous annual Moose N’ Fiddle Music Festival (being held as a free virtual event this summer), there’s no shortage of arts and culture in Sioux Narrows. The town’s famous summer arts festival has been going since 1961. Although it’s moved online this year you can still check out the many talented artists online and pick up a unique souvenir from your trip. The town’s Bridge and Falls Creative Residency is also popular with visiting artists–who wouldn’t want a chance to live in a light-filled studio and be inspired by the vast Ontario landscapes. 

Know Before You Go

For detailed information on how to travel safely during the Covid pandemic, here are some best practices and guidelines to help keep you informed and healthy this summer.

Before setting out on your fishing adventure, you’ll want to review the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary which provides comprehensive information on everything you need to know about fishing licenses, open seasons and catch limits. 

Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls – be sure to add this gem, just across the border from Manitoba on beautiful Lake of the Woods, to your summer vacation bucket list.

Ontario encourages everyone to travel safe during this time and follow public health guidelines. It is important to practice physical distancing, frequent hand washing and wearing a non-medical face covering where required or where physical distancing is a challenge.

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