Lake Nipissing's Scenic South Shore

Beaches, birdwatching, and the best burger in town!

There is pure relaxation in store for those who visit Lake Nipissing South Shore region in Northeastern Ontario. You will enjoy driving the quaint countryside along the back roads, and visiting the various communities along the way.

Callander, a small but popular community, has much to offer including two public boat launches and two lovely beaches, Centennial Park Beach and Sunbeam Beach, both located along Main Street.

The recent re-introduction of the Trumpeter Swans to Callander Bay has added a new thrill for bird watching enthusiasts. While visiting, discover the best burger in Callander Bay at 1886 Lake House Bistro. Set against the backdrop of Lake Nipissing, 1886 is a casual historic cottage bistro for winter or summer enthusiasts still dressed in their gear, families with small children and intimate dinners for couples enjoying each others company. 

Check out the Callander Bay Heritage Museum located on Lansdowne Street. Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe, world famous country doctor to the Dionne Quintuplets had his residence and practice in this eight-room, beautifully maintained building from 1914 to 1943. Many artifacts from the Quints and area history can be seen from May to September. Also in the Museum is the Alex Dufresne Gallery, featuring six changeable Art Exhibits annually. These exhibitions highlight the fine talents and craftspeople from area artists.


The Township of Nipissing is located on the south side of Lake Nipissing and is home to a number of smaller lakes where seasonal holiday camps abound offering access to waterways making the Township a perfect travel destination for hunters, anglers and outdoor lovers. Many outdoor recreational activities are available within Township boundaries such as: chartered fishing tours, duck hunting, ice fishing and nature tours.

Travelling the many side roads is a great way to explore this picturesque region. The Township of Nipissing has a scenic, sandy public beach located on Lake Nipissing. Links Beach is found along Sunset Cove Road. 

Inside the Nipissing Village Museum, housed in an original log church built in 1882, historic records for genealogical research, antique utensils and pioneer artifacts are on display to captivate imaginations and recreate those pioneer days. The museum is open June 15 to September 1.

About Jamie McIntyre

Hey! I'm a outdoors enthusiast with a passion for travel in Northeastern Ontario. Check out my articles for ideas on where to travel. 

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