Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park, Dorion
Categories: Canyons, National Parks, Nature & Parks
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.For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Dorion holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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Ouimet Canyon warrants a visit for anyone coming to the Thunder Bay area. The canyon is officially the Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park, which is a day park only (no camping). There is a Wikipedia entry ... read more »
Well worth the time to view the gorge. Quite the drop to the floor of canyon. Fog obscured some of the scenery but still impressive.
I stopped here the first time in the late 70's and back then there was no viewing deck or railings. We stood on the cliffs edge and looked down. These days the hike to the canyon is well marked and ve... read more »
Awesome trails, fairly short (about 1km). Lots of shade on the route. Bathrooms on site and a fair amount of parking. Takes approx 1 hour minimum to fully enjoy the voews
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.
Not a huge park, but has a nice walking path to some beautiful views. Most paths are wheelchair & stroller accessible, but if you do the whole loop there is one very short but pretty steep hill to climb.
Very beautiful park, easy hike for canyon view. Canyon is beautiful, worth the trip
Cheap, great view, friendly staff. What Else do you need. Strongly recommend visiting this place
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