Vacation Destinations for Northern Folk

The small lakeside communities of Sioux Narrows and Nestor Falls offer locals lots to see and do on their "staycation".

If there were towns that you could call "tourist towns" then Sioux Narrows and Nestor Falls would be them. Located on the east shore of incredible Lake of the Woods, the opportunities for outdoor recreation are almost endless...

Sioux Narrows and Nestor Falls amalgamated into one township in 2000 yet both communities (about 20 minutes apart by car) have maintained their own unique aspects. Sioux Narrows is rich in history and the town is the site of a legendary battle between the invading Sioux and the local Cree and Ojibway. The site of the current Sioux Narrows bridge was where this famous battle and ambush occurred and where the Sioux invaders were soundly defeated by the Cree and Ojibway at the narrows the bridge crosses over, hence the name "Sioux Narrows".

Nestor Falls is the location of "the falls" wherein 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

The biggest attraction in both communities has everything to do with Lake of the Woods and Crow Lake of course, 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 water bodies. Catch monster muskie, northern pike, bass, trout, crappie, and of course, walleye. The Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre opened in Sioux Narrows in 2012. It is right on the shores of Lake of the Woods, definitely a must-see.

After a day of fishing, take an hour or more to enjoy the great dining and eating establishments that each community has to offer. Enjoying fresh walleye is a local treat or you can order from a varied menu offering great value and delicious food. 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, there is 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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