THE MAYOR’S MESSAGE
It’s Spring!! New Life and New Beginnings for so many things in
Our Wilderness City! Goodbye to Old Man Winter and Hello to
THINGS TO DO
the call of the Loon as it welcomes the change of the season!
On behalf of Council, I am thrilled to invite you to read through
the Dryden Spring 2009 Leisure Guide. You will ﬁnd interesting
things to do, a calendar of festivals and events, a section on
healthy living, where to sleep, eat and shop in our wonderful
city, as well as the many services that are available and typically
offered in communities much larger than ours.
The City of Dryden is a 5 Blooms Community and we are busy
spring cleaning our way to a new designation with Communities
in Bloom. Our City is rich in civic pride and we trust that you
will help us keep our City green and clean.
This is the year we build a new bridge over the rapids of the
Wabigoon River and we invite you to take some time to walk
our trail system, enjoy the scenery, the animals and meeting the
community folk. Add boating, canoeing and ﬁshing to your
visit and be sure to take your camera everywhere you go! The
golf courses are excellent and the deer plentiful. Send a message
home to friends and family, read a book and keep up on the
news by visiting our Library! We do have a summer fun camp
for your kids and the music in the park is a great way to spend
a summer evening. MooseFest is fun for the family too, as are
the Powwows at Eagle Lake First Nation and Wabigoon Lake
Ojibway Nation. In keeping with community celebration, we
congratulate another neighbour, the Municipality of Machin on
THINGS TO DO
their 100th Birthday. We are going to the Party and we know
they would love to see you! Dryden offers plenty of things you can do practically
It is our Centennial Birthday in 2010 and we are busy planning
to host and celebrate the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay and
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
some of us are practicing for the 2010 Canadian Windsurﬁng
Championships held right here Dryden! 16 Every season is celebrated with festivals and special events.
There are many highlights in this issue that I’m sure you will
enjoy such as Dryden District Museum’s featuring of local HEALTHY LIVING
artists, Sandy Beach Park’s upgrades, an exposé of the Mayor’s
Mural –my memory and reﬂection of 1949 in this northern
32 Our community is recognized for its walking trails,
recreational facilities, water sports and pampering.
wilderness, and so much more!
ACCOMMODATIONS & DINING
We encourage you and your family to make the most of Dryden
this spring season, and we invite visitors to experience and explore Rest your head in one of our many hotels/motels and satisfy
more about us and our community! If your tastes in restaurants around the city.
you’re only passing through, be sure
to take the time to stretch, eat and
SHOPPING & SERVICES
exercise so that you will be well rested
as you continue your journey! We are 44 We welcome all to shop in our newly revitalized downtown
a natural rest stop!
52 We are proud to have many other services
available in our community.
Councillors: Case, Collins, Fisher, Kurz, Anne Krassilowsky
Wintle, Wood Mayor
Welcome to Dryden & Area
VISITOR INFORMATION SERVICES CONTACT
807-223-2174 or 1-800-667-0935
807-223-2174 or 1-800-667-0935
GET IN THE GUIDE!
SERVICE EXCELLENCE PROGRAM
UP AND RUNNING FOR DRYDEN.
The community has embraced the Ambassador Program and the Service
Excellence series of workshops designed to welcome our visitors and
enhance our local customer services. As of February 2009 the following
organizations have committed to the program.
• The Flower Forest
• City of Dryden – Recreation Complex
• Dryden Fastrax Flyball Club
• Wilson’s Business Solutions
• City of Dryden – Pool and Fitness Centre
• Patricia Region Senior Services Inc.
• City of Dryden – Regional Airport
• Dryden Regional Health Centre Volunteer Group
• Red Cross
• Dryden Development Corporation
• Thaddeus Lake Lodge
• Communities in Bloom
• Homestyle Candle Comany
• Patricia Region Tourist Council
• City of Dryden - Administration
• Trillium Lions Club
• City of Dryden - Library
• Our Saviour Lutheran Church Ladies Group
• City of Dryden - Public Works
For more information on how you can register your organization
in the Service Excellence workshops contact Dana at 223-2174,
e-mail email@example.com or click on the business events calendar at
Things To Do in Dryden
Photo by Heather Rivet
SKATEBOARD PARK BEACH VOLLEYBALL
Dryden’s Skatepark is located just off Highway Get some sun and soak up
#17 at Rotary Park on Wice Road. The Grand the entertainment or join the
Opening was held in April of 2007, and it beach volleyball activities
has been a very, very busy spot since that located on the Riverview
time, used by skaters and bikers of all ages. Lodge grounds right on the
Whether you’re a spectator, novice or beautiful Wabigoon river. Three
experienced, the park is sure to be a lot of full size courts, recreational and
fun, and there’s always someone there who competitive use. For more
would be willing to show or teach information contact
you their favourite trick. 223-4320.
SAILING CINEMA & DRIVE-IN MOVIE THEATRE
Come join the challenge and feel the winds in the sails Go to the daily show at the seated cinema Downtown
as the captains race their sailboats each Wednesday night Dryden or visit the authentic Drive-in theatre open on
at the Dryden Yacht Club. Arrive at the Yacht Club at weekends. Great food and entertainment for the whole
6:15 p.m. Wear non-marking shoes and bring your own family. Children’s park equipment set up at Drive-in.
refreshments. Visit us at www.drydenyachtclub.ca. For more info contact 223-4494.
BOWLING MINI GOLF
Glow bowling, regular 5 pin or league play. Visit the local mini golf course and playground at
Come out and join the fun of bowling. Located Birchland Trailer Park located West of Dryden on
Downtown Dryden. 14 immaculate lanes and a Highway 17. Call 937-4938 for more information.
full service restaurant. Closed for part of summer.
For more information contact 223-4343.
Fun for the whole family or plan your next party playing lazer
tag. Well mapped out maze with a variety of game play options.
Downtown Dryden. For more info contact 223-8326.
TEDDY BEAR PICINIC BLUEBERRY PICKING
Bring your lunch, teddy bear and blanket Enjoy the outdoors and ﬁnd some big ripe blueberries
and enjoy the exciting celebrations of bears blooming towards the end of July beginning of
extraordinaire!! An annual event with many August. Lots of areas to go all around the City
exciting activities such as: Entertainment, pony limits.
rides and petting zoo, crafts, face painting,
teddy bear hospital, story tent, and cookie
Enter the Teddy Bear contest (one per child Supervised riding is offered by the hour for those interested
and must be a stuffed bear). The categories in the basics of horseback riding. Riding lessons for all levels of riders
include: Biggest, smallest, prettiest, from beginner to advanced showing in both the English and Western
most colourful, multicultural, disciplines available as well as boarding and leasing of horses. For
oldest, sports, occupational, most more information contact (807) 937-2917.
unusual and homemade.
Come out and enjoy the
festivities! Free cotton candy for
the kids and Teddy Bear Cake for
all! See you at the Sandy Beach Park
on July 5th. For more information
contact Barb at the Dryden Best Start Hub 223-7145.
The Dryden Disc Golf Association meets every Saturday
at 2:00 p.m. at Sandy Beach Park for a round and invites
everyone out to join them. There is no cost to play the game
and they have plenty of discs to loan new players. For more
information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northwestern Ontario is one of North America’s truly to catch record breaking species such as: Walleye, Northern
spectacular destinations with many thousands of pristine Pike, Trout, Muskie, and many more. The Dryden Chamber
lakes and rivers. The region is known for the best ﬁshing of Commerce has played host to the annual Walleye Masters
and hunting on the continent in all seasons. Dryden has Tournament for over 19 years bringing anglers from Ontario,
been a popular ﬁshing destination for Manitoba, and the United States. For more information, contact
several decades with many opportunities 807-223-2622 or e-mail email@example.com.
Dryden ... a little piece of heaven on earth way. Who could resist? When I returned to my city life and tall tower
ofﬁce job, it didn’t take me long to realize that this man and the lifestyle
Imagine this ... choosing Dryden as a destination for a ﬁshing trip, of Dryden was just what I needed. The rest is history. I guess I didn’t
falling in love, getting married and living there happily ever after. Sound practice “catch and release” very well on that ﬁshing trip!
like a fairy tale? Lucky me ... that is what happened in my life over 25
years ago. I’m still here, living contentedly and catching more ﬁsh than I certainly can’t promise you a knight (or “knightess”) in shining
ever! I originally came to Dryden on a weekend ﬁshing trip many moons armour waiting for you in Dryden but I can promise that you’ll love this
ago with my girlfriend who was a writer for an outdoor magazine. We Wilderness City, the people, the lifestyle and, of course, the ﬁshing!!!
had a ﬁshing guide arranged ahead of time and then presto! ... there
was the man I was going to marry driving the boat, taking me to some Marilyn Bilsbarrow
hot ﬁshing spots, cooking me shorelunch and telling me jokes along the
NON-RESIDENT OUTDOORS CARD
Effective Jan. 1/09 anyone ﬁshing licences, 3) Hunters will only have to present their hunter
wishing to hunt or ﬁsh in accreditation once to obtain their initial hunting Outdoors Card,
Ontario will be required to have which will then act as their proof of accreditation, and 4) The
an Outdoors Card. The card option to purchase three-year ﬁshing and small game hunting
will cost $9.00 and be valid for licences. Once the paper application has been completed, the
3 years. These new requirements Outdoors Card will be mailed to the purchaser’s home address.
are part of the implementation of The non-resident Outdoors Card will be required to purchase
a new licencing automation system that takes effect 2010. an Ontario ﬁshing or hunting licence, except for one-day ﬁshing
When fully implemented, the new approach to selling licences licences.
will provide many beneﬁts to non-resident hunters, including: If you have any questions about the program, you can contact
1) The ability to purchse ﬁshing and some hunting licences from Burton McClelland, Manager of Licencing Improvement Project,
home using the ministry’s website or the toll-free automated Ministry of Natural Resources at 705-755-1802.
telephone service, 2) Easier replacement of lost hunting or
There are several options for golfers visiting the
Dryden area. On the shores of Wabigoon Lake,
next to Sandy Beach, Eagles’ Landing Golf and
Curling Club offers challenging and well-bunkered
nine-holes with pro shop, lounge and restaurant.
Evergreen Golf Course located south of Dryden
off Highway 502 on Wabigoon Lake Road and
Anderson’s Homestead Golf Course located at 1106
Johnston Rd. also offer nine holes of quality golf.
Award-winning Dryden Public Library
offers the atmosphere of a cozy and
quaint coffeehouse, the free wireless
Internet access you would expect
only in a big city, ﬁne art on a caliber
with that found in national galleries,
a book, magazine, newspaper and
DVD collection that is stunning in its
diversity and quality, and helpful and
friendly staff who are there to make sure
your visit is more than you expected.
The Goomies were carved by Spike Mills, who Below is one of the paintings that was done by
resides in Wawa. The goomies are made from Dryden’s own Jim Mulyk. These were painted
the driftwood he collects on the shores of Lake on doors as Jim prefers to use various types of
Dermel Carias had done the airbrush paintings
in the aisles and the teen section. Dermel is from
Honduras and currently resides in Dryden.
Richard Lavoie had done the mural in the
Children’s Section. Richard has done many
murals around Dryden including Ristorante
Pizzeria Italia. He owns and operates his own
painting and design company in Dryden.
The wildlife photographs were done by Karen
Kahtava. Karen resides in Dryden and also works
for the City in the IT department.
February 16th to May 11th, 2009
A travelling exhibit from Guelph
Museums, McRae House THE DRYDEN & DISTRICT MUSEUM
“Learn about the life of a
Canadian solider who wrote the The Dryden & District Museum is centrally located
poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ that was on the corner of Van Horne Avenue and King Street
the inspiration for Remembrance occupying the historic Hambleton House. The museum
and peace around the world”. has over 10,000 artifacts in its collection, including
Admission: $3/adult & “Old Copper Culture” cold-hammered tools dating
$2/children & students back 4,000 years. The museum offers opportunities
to visitors to learn and understand the historical
Threadworks 2007 progression of Dryden and surrounding
June 5th to July 3rd, 2009 area. Also featured is “The Dryden Buck” an
A juried exhibition of needle Ontario record whitetail deer shot illegally
art by the Ontario Network of by a visiting hunter in 2003 scoring 1991⁄8
Needleworkers on the Boone and Crockett scale. Admission
“The creative needle art on is free, donations are gratefully accepted.
display represents artists www.dryden.ca
from across Canada and from
members of Ontario Network of
Admission: $3/adults &
$2/children & students
October to December 12th,
A travelling exhibit from Guelph
“The history of the toilet”
Admission: $3/adults &
$2/children & students
Things To Do in Vermilion Bay
Photo by Heather Rivet
returning as Lieutenant-Colonel and then became active in provincial
politics serving in the Legislature from 1908 to 1919. He lived in Kenora
with his wife and two daughters.”
At ﬁrst, the Municipal Ofﬁces were located in Eagle River, with service
garages in both Eagle and Vermilion Bay. In the 1970s, the ofﬁce in
Eagle River was closed and the present ofﬁces were set up in the former
Like many communities in this area, the three that form the Municipality Vermilion Bay School, where they are still today.
of Machin grew up along the railroad in the latter half of the nineteenth Throughout the 100 years of the Municipality of Machin, the three
century. Farming, ﬁshing and logging also attracted people who settled communities have faced a century of change. Once thriving, there are
here. In the early part of the twentieth century, there was a move to few farms left operating, and the once busy train stations are gone from
organize all the communities west of Dryden under one Municipality. each community. Logging still employs many in the area, but tourism
The intention of this was so that the hotel in Eagle River could obtain looks to be the industry of the future, especially in Eagle River and
a license. Eventually, Oxdrift and Waldhof withdrew. Thus, on January Vermilion Bay.
4th, 1909, Minnitaki, Eagle River and Vermilion Bay were incorporated The Municipality hopes to mark its 100th anniversary with events
as the Municipality of Machin. taking place on the Labour Day weekend. Many of the service clubs
According to the book Evergreen Reﬂections, “The name Machin has been and committees in the area will have centennial themes for their own
attributed to Harold A.C. Machin. He served in the First World War events held throughout the year.
VERMILION BAY INUKSHUK
Ancient symbols of Inuit culture traditionally used as landmarks and navigation aids, these stone statues represent
a human form with outstretched arms and serves as a well-known symbol of northern hospitality and
The Inukshuk or Inuksuk (pronounced IN-OOK-SHOOK) meaning “in the image of man”, are
magniﬁcent lifelike ﬁgures of stone which were erected by the Inuit people and are unique to the
Canadian Arctic. Standing along Canada’s most northern shores, they endure as eternal symbols of leadership, encouraging
the importance of friendship and reminding us of our dependence upon one another. In the Bafﬁn region of Canada’s
Arctic, the traditional meaning of an Inukshuk was to act as a compass or guide for a safe journey. The Inukshuk, like
ancient trackers, helped guide people seeking their way through the wilderness. Erected to make the way easier and safer
for those who follow, an Inukshuk represents safety and nourishment, trust and reassurance. The Inukshuk guided
people across the frozen tundra and gave them hope in barren places to handle hardships they encountered. These
primitive, stone images showed the way ahead ... pointing you in the direction you wanted to go.
72000 pounds, 17 feet high made from locally quarried Vermilion Pink granite, from Nelson Granite.
Bobby’s Corner will be doing a dedication to Vermilion Bay for its 100th year anniversary.
The Inukshuk or Inuksuk (pronounced IN-OOK-SHOOK)
meaning “in the image of man”
THE PATRICIA REGION ANTIQUE TRACTOR EXHIBITION – Father’s Day – June 21, 2009
Spend Father’s Day in Vermilion Bay!
Everyone is invited to attend the ﬁnal tractor exhibition in Vermilion Bay on Sunday, June 21st at Fort Vermilion beginning at 9:00 a.m. The
tractor show has been running for eleven years ﬁrst starting at Fort Vermilion and then moving to the Lillian Berg grounds to accommodate the
many visitors who come out and enjoy the show. This year the show will return to the Fort, to keep with the Centennial Theme of Vermilion
Bay’s 100 birthday. Our motto for this year’s show is “The Way We Were”. Visitors can enjoy a pancake breakfast, a Sunday Morning Worship
Service, displays of antique tractors and cars, live music, face painting, clowns, horse and wagon rides, and really good food. Artisans will be
on hand displaying their works of art inside the walls of the Fort.
9:00 – Pancake Breakfast
10:00 – Sunday Morning Worship Service
11:00 – Rumble Time and Displays
12:00 – 4:00 p.m. - Live Music on Stage - enjoy family and friends for
the rest of the afternoon. Hayrides, face painting, displays inside the
walls of Fort Vermilion Bay, Live Music, Playground for Kids
PARKING: We are asking that visitors attending the show do not park
on the highway – There are plenty of parking areas near the Fort. All
these areas will be designated for easy access to the Fort.
If you would like to be a part of our tractor show this year – please give
us a call. If you would like to bring out a tractor or a car for display
you are very welcome to. If you would like to display some of your
crafts – we would like to hear from you. Please call Brian Webb at
937-4941 or Sharon at 227-5289.
To celebrate and to ﬁnalize the Father’s Day Event that has been a part
of Vermilion Bay for 11 years has come to an end.
MACHIN CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS GEO CACHING
The Municipality of Machin is gearing up for their Centennial in Our geo cache tour involves using
2009. On January 4th, 2009 the Municipality of Machin will be 100 the technology of a GPS unit to seek
years young. Various community clubs are planning their events for out 5 different treasures. (If you
the upcoming year and everything will have a Centennial theme. This don’t have your own GPS unit one
year’s “Kin Karnival” will have the Centennial Theme, the Kinette Club can be provided) We will travel Eagle
will be planning a weekend of fun for July 4 & 5, 2009 to bring back Lake by boat and with you pointing
the Children’s Festival. The Centennial Committee is planning a big the way we will navigate you safely to
celebration weekend for the September Long Weekend. Please look for the coordinates of each treasure. This is
posters around town and ads in our local Machin Messenger. a fun new interactive game that will not
only challenge your mind and body but you
ECO TOURS will also let you experience the true beauty of
Eagle Lake. Trips can be customized to
different levels of difﬁculty. Call
Fishtales Guide Service is a 807-755-5672 (Eagle Lake) for
professionally run operation with more information.
26 yrs. experience in the area. They
offer unique adventures such as an
eco tour that involves a tour of Eagle BACKWOODS ADVENTURE
Lake. During the tour you will take
in the sites including the old stamp Our backwoods adventure starts with a drive that is
mine, gold and soapstone mines, usually never the same. Be on the lookout for moose,
horizontal shafts into an island, bear, deer, turtles and a variety of feathered friends. You
natural beaches, pictographs and will arrive at some of the best ﬁshing lakes in North
of course eagles. A shore lunch can western Ontario, this is a “must do” experience for
be provided to make it a complete someone seeking a look deeper into Canada’s wilderness.
whole day experience or you can Call 807-755-5672 (Eagle Lake) for more information.
customize your own trip. Contact
807-755-5672 (Eagle Lake) for more information.
EGLI’S SHEEP FARM & THE VERMILION BAY ROD & GUN CLUB
The Vermilion Bay Rod and Gun Club has recently expanded its facilities
20 Km West of Dryden. Hundreds to include a 50-yard shooting range for 22 riﬂes, muzzle-loaders and
of sheep plus elk, emu, red deer, hand guns. For many years the Club has provided a 100-yard shooting
horses, wild turkeys, llamas and range with a covered building to shoot from and a 25-yard pistol
more. The 80 acre park is open shooting range as well as a trap-shooting range. The Club has a group
April through to October. Take a of archers that use the 100-yard range. The Club is well used by local
self guided tour or book in advance Cadets, OPP, MNR and Treaty #3 Police Force.
for guided tours or wagon rides. Each season Club members organize events such as a Spring Gun Show
Visit www.eglifarm.com. and contribute to event expenses through activities such as collecting
used empty brass shells and selling them as scrap metal.
President of the Club is W. C (Bill) Ballantyne, 227-2303.
BIG FOOT STATUE
Naturalists and avid birders will enjoy
spending the day to locate and identify This statue measures 5.5
the many species of songbirds known m (18 Feet) high and
to inhabit the northern boreal forest. weighs 3800 pounds. It was
Another option is to venture out to the originally constructed in the
back country and set up a blind - a great blue heron might just stop early 1960s to attract people
by! Casual sightings are a sure thing along many of the region’s hiking to stop. This hitchhiking Big
trails, in parks and at resort properties. Venture out on the water to Foot has been moved around
see, loons cormorants, white pelicans, several species of ducks and the to a few different places in
mighty bald eagle soaring overhead. the area and in 1982 moved
Birds like Bald Eagles, Loons, Gulls, Grouse, Woodpeckers and different to its current location on
kinds of waterfowl are the most commonly viewed. Highway 17 in front of the
For people who take birding and ornithology seriously, Northern Piston Ring Auto Store.
Ontario is a gold mine with many different species. There have been
over 95 species of birds conﬁrmed to live in our area during different
times of the year.
Fort Vermilion is a highway tourist destination located in the village
of Vermilion Bay, in the Municipality of Machin, and is considered
to be at the hub of a large tourism district known as Sunset Country.
Vermilion Bay is located on the busy Trans Canada Highway between
Kenora and Dryden, at the intersection of the highway to Red Lake,
bordered to the south by Minnesota and to the west by Manitoba. The
eastern border is just west of Thunder Bay.
Fort Vermilion is a destination for families, history buffs and outdoor
enthusiasts alike. Here the historical and natural worlds unfold with
the rugged Canadian Boreal landscape providing the backdrop. It
is a replica of the early Hudson Bay Trading Post complete with log
palisades and block houses and is reminiscent of the historical days of
the fur trading voyageurs. It is 200 square feet and is made wholly of
native material – hand cut and peeled logs, hand split cedar shingles.
This fort welcomes all travelers to the area and admission is free. It
opens May long weekend until September long weekend and is open
9 am to 9 pm seven days a week.
Geo caching is a popular activity on the trails at Fort Vermilion and
The Fort is a fun place for the family to spend the whole day. You involves searching for things that people have left behind in various
can enjoy our trails, our 18 hole miniature golf, our picnic area, our locations for others to ﬁnd. You ﬁnd these treasures using a GPS and a
playground and boardwalk, and our Treehouse Café, gift shop and set of coordinates.
children’s clothing boutique.
For more information on Fort Vermilion visit www.fortvermilion.ca
The Trail system provides residents and
visitors with safe and well maintained
pathways for their enjoyment ...
Pine Tree Pathways is registered with the Trans Canada Trail System.
The Trailhead Organization
The trail begins at the waterfront on Eagle Lake and travels along the The Municipality of Machin established the Pine Tree Pathways
water’s edge. Committee in September 2001 after a survey of the community
showed a strong interest in the development of trails in and around
This area features a beach, washrooms, dock facilities, picnic tables, the community of Vermilion Bay.
and a boat launch for your enjoyment.
Since then the Committee has been dedicated to the establishment of
Once you have completed your visit at the waterfront enjoy the rest of the trail system.
the trail system.
Our area is a natural landscape that appeals to both tourists and
residents as a source of physical and leisure activity.
The trail features areas which are easy to access and meanders through
Vermilion Bay leading to a 2 km loop north of Highway 17 at Fort
Future plans include an extension to create a corridor from Vermilion
Bay to Blue Lake Provincial Park.
10 Government Dock
Points of Interest
1 Machin Municipal Ofﬁce - Tourist Information
2 Vermilion Bay waterfront on Eagle Lake: boat
Barbeque 9 launch, government dock, swimming, picnic
area, washroom and hiking trail
3 Bobby’s Corner and Bobby’s Sport Shop
4 Fort Vermilion
5 Village Corner
6 Northern Lights Credit Union
7 Co-op Store
8 Post Ofﬁce
9 Busters Barbeque
10 Wilderness Air
Things To Do in Wabigoon
Photo by Heather Rivet
The lush natural surroundings provide a sumptuous backdrop
for the many events that are hosted each year. Neighbouring
First Nations communities are host to annual powwows,
colourful and lively celebrations reﬂective of local Aboriginal
culture. Wabigoon Lake Powwow held September long
Photo by Brent Wesley – Wawatay News
GREEN ACHERS oF WABIGOON
We are Pappy’s Café, a place where the magic of music
and entertainment is brought to life right before your
eyes. A place where one might ﬁnd the ﬁnest coffees and
teas of the world, real soft ice-cream and other delectable
home made desserts. Most importantly, take in some of
the best live music in the world. Pappy’s Café is a place
where one might feel right at home in their own living
room with all the luxuries of full service. So what are
you waiting for? This is where all of the good times
begin .... without a doubt!
For schedule information visit www.greenachersofwabigoon.com
Aaron Provincial Park
AARON PROVINCIAL PARK
Aaron Provincial Park provides recreational opportunities
from camping, ﬁshing, boating, kayaking and canoeing.
Aaron Provincial Park is 116.7 ha in area and supports a rich
ecological and cultural history. Ancient Aboriginal peoples
used Thunder Lake as a historic food collection area and
Thunder Creek as a canoe route. In the 1880s the Canadian
Paciﬁc Railway was constructed next to the present park
site and was instrumental in
opening the area to settlement
in the 1900s. Over time, Thunder
Lake became an increasingly
popular recreational site,
and the need for a park here
became apparent. When a tract
of homestead land reverted to
the Crown in 1935, the site of the
park was determined. The park
was originally developed
as a work campsite park by
the Department of Northern
Development in 1935. It
provided recreational use
for travelers and great
numbers of local residents.
For more information visit
“Experience for yourself the spectacular sunsets on Thund
Photo by Double S Posure