Reel in the Best Fall Adventures in this Pristine Corner of Ontario
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Are you looking for the ultimate unplugged getaway this fall where the only item on the agenda is relaxing and enjoying the fresh air?
Just under a three hour drive from Winnipeg and about five hours from Thunder Bay in Northwestern Ontario, you’ll find the community of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, one of Canada’s best kept secrets. This resort community sits surrounded by thousands of freshwater lakes and tributaries–part of the massive Lake of the Woods system, and the great northern wilderness beyond.
Autumn here is the perfect time to visit. With fewer crowds and virutally no bugs, visitors have an amazing opportunity to get out on the water, soak up the fresh air, and take in the fall foliage whie making memories that will last a lifetime.
With unmatched freshwater fishing opportunities, rewarding hiking trails, soft beaches, great parks and paddling routes, families will never run out of outdoor adventure or gorgeous spots to stop, catch a breath and simply relax.
Plus, visitors will enjoy true country hospitality at local resorts and lodges that offer flexible packages and a slew of activities designed to maximize meaningful family memory-making time.
If you're looking to reel in some massive muskie this fall then Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls is the place to be. Fall muskie season runs from October to November and Crawford's Camp in Whitefish Bay offers both guided and unguided trips for anglers of any skill level. The annual Whitetail Deer hunt is also a draw every autumn. Finding an outfitter to meet your angling and hunting needs is easy and there are dozens of options to fit every visitor's needs.
The region is also home to the Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre, one of the only attractions in North America dedicated to the sport of angling. The centre celebrates the history of fishing in Northern Ontario through catchy exhibits featuring antique equipment and local lore. Each year, new programs inspire avid and novice anglers alike on everything there is to know about the sport today through engaging learn-to-fish workshops, hands-on classes and presentations.
Family-friendly Lodges and resorts
Local resorts provide excellent service, cozy accommodations and a variety of activities to suit every group and budget.
Kick back in comfortable housekeeping cabins and cottages at Hanson’s Hideaway Lodge, Indian Head Lodge or Laughing Water Lodge. Tinker’s Places offers the choice of full or modified American Plan style accommodation at the main lodge or remote wilderness retreats accessible by float plane. Muskie Bay Resort keeps it flexible from motel rooms to deluxe American Plan options. Or opt for a houseboating adventure with Tomahawk Resort and enjoy the freedom to anchor at the best fishing spots or next to pristine beaches.
Parks, Paddling, and Trail Hiking
Autumn is the best time to enjoy the many amazing hiking trails maintained by the Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls. Admire the brilliant fall colours and local wildlife along the easy 2.6 mile Aspen Trail loop. The 2.2 mile Red Pine Trail is also suitable for all skill levels, and leads you through gorgeous pine forests. There’s a variety of terrain along the Boreal Trail, which is a little more challenging for the 3.8 mile distance. No matter what trail you choose, your family will enjoy colourful views and fresh air–and a day they won’t forget.
In partnership with the city of Kenora, Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls has developed six new multi-day regional canoe route guides that include portages, campsites and detailed maps. Ask about them at the Visitor Information Centre.
The two local provincial parks are definite musts. Look out for American White Pelicans at Caliper Lake Provincial Park. The clear waters here also make for great fishing, while the beach is a great place to relax and enjoy a fall picnic–just remember to bundle up. Sioux Narrows Provincial Park, on the shores of Lake of the Woods, is famed for walleye fishing.
While many flock to Sioux Narrows for its proximity to Lake of the Woods and all the outdoor fun promised there, there’s also loads to do right downtown in this vibrant, artist’s haven. From live music at the Lazy Loon Restaurant to the town’s free little libraries and Book Trading Post (hand carved by a local artist), a love of the arts is evident everywhere in the community. The Bridge and Falls Creative Residency is also popular with visiting artists–who wouldn’t want a chance to live in a light-filled studio and be inspired by the vast Ontario landscapes.
Know Before You Go
For detailed information on how to travel safely during the Covid pandemic, here are some best practices and guidelines to help keep you informed and healthy this fall.
Before setting out on your fishing adventure, you’ll want to review the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary which provides comprehensive information on everything you need to know about fishing licenses, open seasons and catch limits.
Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls – be sure to add this gem, just across the border from Manitoba on beautiful Lake of the Woods, to your summer vacation bucket list.