Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park, Dorion

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#41 of 143 in Nature in Ontario
Ouimet Canyon is a large gorge in the municipality of Dorion, Thunder Bay District in northwestern Ontario, Canada, about northeast of the city of Thunder Bay. The gorge is deep, wide and 2000m long, protected as part of Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park.There is a walkway consisting of boardwalks and trails, which leads to viewing platforms overlooking the canyon. Visitors to the canyon should remain on the marked trails for their own safety. Also in the Ouimet Canyon area, there are rare alpine flowers that are considered especially beautiful and arctic plants normally found one thousand kilometres further north. The canyon is shown in the IMAX film North of Superior.The canyon was named after the former railway station of Ouimet, today an unincorporated place and railway point, located nearby on the Canadian Pacific Railway line. The station itself was named after the Canadian Minister of Public Works from 1892 to 1896, Joseph-Aldric Ouimet.Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park, a day-use park with no camping facilities, covers an area of 1 E6 m² around the canyon.GeologyThe canyon is believed to have formed when a diabase sill dating from a billion years earlier was split open, either by the weight of advancing glaciers or the large volumes of water released during their retreat. Erosion by wind and rain continued the formation of the canyon. A large rock column known as the Indian Head can be seen from the northern viewing area.
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  • We stopped in the morning and it was a good time to do so. The lighting as the sun came into the canyon was worth it. There is a short hike on excellent trail to see the canyon from two very nice over...  more »
  • We visited Ouimet Canyon late in the day and were rewarded with several beautiful views. The trail to the 2 lookouts is not long and is a very easy walk for any age. There is a short bridge to cross b...  more »
  • Only a short walk to the viewpoints, lovely views of the canyon and some information panels for education. Watch for wildflowers as lots to see during our June visit.  more »
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  • The Canyon is amazing to look at and the trails are great. It's a bit out of the way but so worth the trip.
  • Just a short walk to get a spectacular view and it's only $2 to enter. It's very accessible to walk, and you get a spectacular alp like view.
  • Great stop while travelling along Highway 17! Really nice interpretive trail and boardwalks overlooking the canyon. It's a really special ecological area, and its very nice and peaceful.
  • Love Ouimet Canyon .. Nice short hike to beautiful views ...
  • Beautiful canyon that exemplifies the beautiful geological features of the area. The trails are short and very easy walking. It is a fairly short stop, probably no more than an hour, with only two real viewpoints.

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