Ontario Vacation Destinations: Sioux Narrows and Nestor Falls

The lakeside communities of Sioux Narrows and Nestor Falls offer visitors lots to see in the summer months.
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Located on the east shore of Ontario's Lake of the Woods, Sioux Narrows and Nestor Falls (SNNF) offer endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. The two townships are about 20 minutes apart by car and since their amalgamation in 2000, each community has maintained its own unique character, making SNNF the perfect place to explore over a day or weekend. 

Exploring Sioux Narrows

Sioux Narrows is rich in history—the town is the site of a legendary battle between the invading Sioux and the local Cree and Ojibwe. The site of the current Sioux Narrows Bridge was where this famous battle and ambush occurred. The Sioux invaders were soundly defeated by the Cree and Ojibwe at the narrows—hence the name "Sioux Narrows".

Exploring Nestor Falls

Nestor Falls is named after a stunning waterfall that appears in the spring—a great cascade of meltwater pours from Kakagi (Crow) Lake into Lake of the Woods. This is quite a sight and there is a safe and great vantage point from where you can see the falls. White pelicans, loons, and other water birds congregate at the base of the falls seeking fish in the plentiful waters. This is an ideal chance for nature photography so make sure you bring a camera.

Sioux Narrows Inukshuk

Fishing Is the Main Event

The biggest attraction in both communities has everything to do with Lake of the Woods and Crow Lake—and that activity is fishing. Stay at one of the many lodges, resorts, or hotels in and around both towns and enjoy the bounty and excitement of fishing on either of these two magnificent lakes. Catch monster muskie, northern pike, bass, trout, crappie, and of course, walleye. The Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre in Sioux Narrows is right on the shores of Lake of the Woods, definitely a must-see.

Local Cuisine, Art, and Shopping

After a day of fishing and exploring, take time to enjoy one of the great restaurants that each community has to offer. A must-try is the fresh local walleye or you can opt for Canadian classics like burgers, wings, wraps, and more. After a bite to eat, go for a walk and try some shopping at local stores and gift shops. If you are in Sioux Narrows on the August long weekend, check out the Sioux Narrows Arts Festival showcasing beautiful works of art from local artists.

Sioux Narrows and Nestor Falls are ideal destinations for a weekend or a week-long vacation. Enjoy the beauty of the Canadian Shield, the wildlife, the Lake of the Woods, or Crow Lake, and meet the friendly people who live and work here. Visit the Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls website to learn more.

About Gerry Cariou

Gerry is Executive Director of Ontario's Sunset Country Travel Association and is an avid fisherman and nature photographer. Gerry has been writing about Sunset Country's varied travel experiences for over 20 years and lives these experiences year-round in Kenora, Ontario.

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