Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park, Dorion

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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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  • En route to Thunder Bay, we stop at Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park. We do a loop of a kilometre walk to see the canyon. Interesting posters that explain how was formed the canyon and how the plants at the bottom of the canyon are subarctic plants while they are only 100 m to the bottom. It is much colder at the bottom of the canyon. This is a nice stop if you have a little time...
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  • This is a carved glacial path through the massive rock landscape of the Canadian shield. It took a lot of power to carve out the canyon and it has a beautiful, iconic rock sticking out on the left of ...  more »
  • 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 »
  • What an amazing view this place has! The walk isn't very long, but it's worth it regardless. From the balconies overlooking the canyon floor, you can see lakes and mountains in all directions with forest covering everything. It is absolutely the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. It's free, but a two dollar donation to help keep the park maintained would be amazing for the staff! At the bottom of the canyon is a unique northern forest of trees that aren't supposed to exist for hundreds of miles from the area, but the climate allows them to flourish! Overall, a breathtaking place that I can't wait to visit again!
  • I NEVER KNEW SIGHTS THIS STUNNING AND GORGEOUS EXISTED IN ONTARIO AND BOY WAS WRONG. Very clean trails and facilities. Staff is friendly and very helpful. It's really good for hiking and running. Amazing place for camping and for the family. It has very beautiful scenic sights as well. Recommended 10 outta 10. The canyon is actually do big and great.
  • This is a carved glacial path through the massive rock landscape of the Canadian shield. It took a lot of power to carve out the canyon and it has a beautiful, iconic rock sticking out on the left of the farther lookout. Definitely check this out while you are driving through.
  • Amazing views of a dramatic natural formation from two separate vantage points. The viewing pods are accessed by a trail, suspension bridge and boardwalk. The total walking distance is in the order of 1 to 2 km and there are a few steep and challenging sections for smaller children or individuals walking with a cane. Check the notice board at the trail entrance for more specific details. The site is equipped with toilet facilities and a small tourist information center and a clear set of maps and background information boards at the pods, explaining two theories behind the creation of the formation. There is an "honour system" in place to collect $2.00 per visitor to help defray the cost of caring for the trail network and infrastructure. It's about 11 km off the main highway. There is a small parking lot before the final ascent to the entrance to the trail network due to the steep grade of the final 3km of road to access the parking lot. Well worth the side trip. Can be done in an hour but plan for 1.5+ hours if you are towing a trailer and have to unhitch.
  • The views were spectacular and the paths were well kept (I don't remember seeing any garbage at all). There were no staff there and there is no camping which was a bit of a bummer but that is easy to plan around with other camping parks close by.

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