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Reel in the Best Summer Adventures in this Pristine Corner of Northern Ontario, Canada

Reel in the Best Summer Adventures in this Pristine Corner of Northern Ontario, Canada

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?

Almost a straight shot north of Minnesota and only an hour from the Rainy River border crossing in Northwestern Ontario, you’ll find the community of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, one of Canada’s best-kept secrets. This resort community is flanked by freshwater lakes and tributaries of the 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. 

Waterfall in Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls

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.

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 

Gospel truth: families that fish together, stick together!

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. 

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. 

Family fun at a Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls resort

Kick back in comfortable housekeeping cabins and cottages at Hanson’s Hideaway Lodge, Indianhead 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.

Canoeing in a provincial park

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. 

Know Before You Go

For detailed information on border crossings, customs, currency conversion, and much more, here are the tools and tips to help you get the most out of your trip to Ontario, Canada. 

Getting here is simple. The two closest border crossings to Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls from the US are Baudette, MN/Rainy River, ON (90 miles) and International Falls, MN/Fort Frances, ON (85 miles). From Fort Frances, drive east on Highway 11 and take the Highway 71 junction to head north. If you enter at the toll-free bridge at Rainy River, drive west on Highway 11, then take a left to travel north on Highway 71.

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 in Canada, to your summer vacation bucket list.

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