The Canoe Capital of North America

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Welcome To Paddling Paradise

Atikokan, Ontario is known as the "Canoeing Capital of Canada". The town is located along scenic Highway 11/17 in the southeast region of Sunset Country. Atikokan is a starting point for those canoeing famous Quetico Provincial Wilderness Park, which is just south of the community. Quetico is one of North America's best places to enjoy wilderness canoeing; there are no motorboats allowed on the many lakes within the park. There are many canoe outfitters in the area that can help you plan your paddling trip in the wilderness park. If you're looking for a fully guided and outfitted trip or just a partially outfitted canoe trip, you'll be sure to find a quality outfitter in Atikokan. But there's much more to do in Atikokan than canoeing. You can stay at a drive in resort on one of the many area lakes, or perhaps fly in to a remote outpost lake and go fishing. Why not make your trip to Atikokan a learning experience! You can visit the Walleye Fish Hatchery; see the Centennial Museum, the Native Friendship Center, Pioneer Center or mining attractions. View ancient native rock art at the Pictograph Gallery or better yet, set out on your own to view rock art along the many lakeshores near town. The beautiful remote, White Otter/Turtle River Wilderness Area is just north of Atikokan.

Paddle-in, Paddle-out trips 
These canoe trips are where you would start canoeing or kayaking at a starting point and then your paddling adventure ends at the same location. Your outfitter will arrange for your transportation to and from the starting point. The trips can be guided or unguided, partially or fully outfitted.

Fly-in, Paddle-out trips 
You'll be flown out to a remote lake or river system and you paddle back out. The trips can be guided or unguided, partially or fully outfitted. For those that want a bit more comfort, some packages will also offer to fly you and your canoe into a cabin.

Customized trips 
Can't find a package or route to suit you? Many of the canoe outfitters will customize a canoe trip to suit your needs.

When you're not paddling, enjoy fishing, viewing ancient pictographs, wildlife such as moose, bear, eagles and sitting back in the evening relaxing and watching the sun set. The fishing is great in the Atikokan area. The main species of fish are walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and lake trout. You may also find muskie in some lakes.

Find Places to Stay and Things to Do in Atikokan

Population: 2,950

Distances to Nearest Towns: 
Atikokan to Fort Frances is 150 km 
Atikokan to Thunder Bay is 209 km

Visitor Information Centre: 
The Visitor Information Centre is located at the junction of Highway 11 and Highway 11B. It is stocked full of travel information on Atikokan and many surrounding areas. They can be reached at 807-597-4492.

Summer hours: May to September: 10:00am-5:00pm. 
Winter hours: Closed for the winter.

Hiking Trails in Atikokan 
Walking trails are located along the river throughout the community.

Public Beaches: 
French Lake is located on the northern edge of Quetico Provincial Park. A public beach located on Crystal Lake located adjacent to Crystal Beach Resort.

Picnic Areas and Parks Within Atikokan 
Bunnel Park has a quaint picnic pavilion where people can have family gatherings.

Winter Activities: 
There are many winter activities to enjoy in Atikokan - cross country skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, tobogganing, and snowshoeing.

For more information on Atikokan, visit Tourism Atikokan's new website at or call the Atikokan Chamber of Commerce at 1-888-334-2332, the Atikokan Economic Development Office at 807-597-2757 or 888-334-2332 or the Atikokan Township Office at 807-597-2738.