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Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park, Dorion

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Canyon National Park
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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  • Go off season to avoid the crowds (even on a misty spring day). Well paved path, we saw a lady walking with 2 canes. Overlooks were spectacular (photos don't do justice). The first one in photo has a ...  more »
  • Wonderful site to see. The canyon has lookouts along the walk so you are safe even with young children. Best and such an original piece of land... scenery in all of Ontario!.  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.