It’s easy to enjoy the outdoors when you visit Elliot Lake—you’re surrounded by many hiking and walking trails, many pristine lakes and beautiful wilderness. The first time I ever visited this community was in the summer and I was blown away the stunning surroundings of lush green trees, beautiful scenery and the wildlife. I even saw two deer and one bear, all in the same evening!
Elliot Lake is a four-season destination with many great activities and things to do. This city really has something for everyone: fishing, hunting, hiking, paddling, touring routes and ATV trails, arts and culture, golfing and snowmobiling. No matter what you like to do, there are plenty of year-round services to make your trip memorable.
Elliot Lake Welcome Centre
If it’s your first visit to Elliot Lake, you should make the Welcome Centre your first stop. It’s located in the Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre. Visitors can purchase detailed sport fishing and recreation maps for a nominal fee.
The Best View In Town
This is a must-do when visiting the city. The Fire Tower Lookout can be enjoyed year-round. It provides a 360- degree view of the city and area, and the North Channel of Lake Huron. There is also a Fire Ranger Heritage Centre with a restored cabin which would have housed the tower watchman and his family. The cabin is opening during the summer months for visitors.
Wilderness At Your Fingertips
There are many outdoor activities to be enjoyed close to the city centre. You can choose a lodge or to camp in the area, but if your stay is shorter, you don’t have to go far to do things outside.
- Walking trails on the water close to the city centre—there are many trails you can walk or drive a very short distance to reach.
- Fishing—stay at one of the fishing lodges for a remote trip. You can even fish close to downtown; Horne Lake has wooden piers off the trail where you can drop a line in, or even fish at Westview Park from shore.
- Elliot Lake is home to one of the top ATV Trail Systems in Ontario. It’s not uncommon to see ATVs being driven around town, or even in the Tim Horton’s parking lot!
- Ski Mount Dufour. This ski hill is a short distance from downtown and perfect for beginner to expert.
- Hit the trails by sled. The North Shore Loop is a great weekend ride.
Enjoy Guided Hikes
The Coureurs de Bois Outdoors Club in Elliot Lake plans guided hikes during the Spring, Summer and Fall and in Winter, snowshoe hikes. They offer hikes that can be leisurely, easy, or intermediate. You can join the club for a nominal fee, and the club also offers 5 non-member “trial hikes” as well. Hikes are in and around the Elliot Lake area including Mississagi Provincial Park.
Take Part In Events
- Uranium Heritage Days
- Joe Sarich Memorial Fun Run
- Elliot Lake Fishing Derby
- Elliot Lake Drag Races
- Arts on the Trail
The Rainy Day List
If the weather isn’t cooperating during your stay, here are some things to do indoors.
- Northern Lights & Bowling Centre
- Learn about the town’s history at Nuclear and Mining Museum / Canadian Mining Hall of Fame
- See beautiful works of art at the Gallery at the Centre which represents 20 local artists in a variety of media: pottery, jewelry, woodworking, textiles, photography and more
- Shopping in the downtown shops or the new Pearson Plaza
- Enjoy the ambiance of a local café or restaurant
You’ll find a list of shops and restaurants at http://elliotlaker.com
5 Interesting Facts About The City
- An Ojibwe village existed on the lake’s shoreline where the current hospital now stands.
- Did you know that Elliot Lake was once dubbed the uranium capitol of the world?
- Elliot Lake started off as a planned community for the mining industry in 1955.
- Did you know there’s a song about Elliot Lake? Stompin’ Tom Connors recorded Damn Good Song for a Miner in 1975. The song was about the city’s mining culture in the 60s.
- Although born in Kirkland Lake, late actor Alan Thicke (Growing Pains) grew up in Elliot Lake and graduated from Elliot Lake Secondary School in 1965. He was voted Homecoming King!
Originally published by Northern Ontario Tourism