North of Lake Huron, midway between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie, you’ll find the community of this small-town jewel. Here are some of the top things to do in Elliot Lake.
This quiet town has quite the history. Let time slow down as you experience the wonders of nature and learn a thing or two about the roots of Elliot Lake and its impact on the world. This city has come a long way from being known primarily as a mining community. Today, the city is home to a vibrant and eclectic arts community enjoyed for its nature and small-town charms.
Things to Check Out
Learn about Elliot Lake’s development into a mining community and its roots back to early First Nation settlements, the fur trade, and 19th-century logging at the Fire Tower Ranger’s Heritage Centre. This region is where the majority of the world’s uranium – used for Cold War nuclear arms and electricity production – originated. Take advantage of the city’s growing art scene and check out upcoming award-winning dance, music, or theater shows in town. Don’t forget to pick up some stunning local art to take home from the city’s art galleries, some of which host special exhibits throughout the year. The Gallery at the Centre is a great place to start diving into the unique art scene this town has to offer. Elliot Lake has many events, exhibits and festivals happening year-round, so be sure to check in on what’s in town during your visit.
Good Eats with Good Company
You won’t find many of your run-of-the-mill chain restaurants here. Elliot Lake is a city where you’ll always get a warm welcome and friendly service at the local hangouts. There may only be about twenty restaurants in the entire area, but they’re all genuinely worth checking out so you’ll still have the age-old dilemma of choosing where to eat. For breakfast, you have a number of great options. Gem Variety or Georges Restaurant serve a great bacon and eggs. If you’ve got little ones with you, Mum’s Place is a wonderful spot for any meal of the day. After dark, stop by the FireSide Classic Grill for a filling and delicious dinner. This restaurant has been in Elliot Lake since 1957.
Fun for Every Season
When the weather warms up, get your golf clubs out. Here, you can play golf on one of Northern Ontario’s premier 18-hole championship golf courses, Stone Ridge, alongside breathtaking views of rock escarpments and boreal forests. During summer you can also hit up the sandy beaches of Spine or Spruce Beach. Visiting Elliot Lake during winter is also highly recommended, as the city looks quite charming covered in a blanket of snow. If hitting the slopes is your cup of tea, Mt. Dufour is a great spot with an enviable vertical incline for skiers and snowboarders alike. And all year long, you can get up close and personal to wildlife in its natural habitat on the 182- hectare Sheriff Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, located on the edge of the city. In addition to all that, the entire city is filled with trails and hiking paths, some with guided tours. Check out our article on Four Seasons of Fun at Elliot Lake for more details.