Atikokan, just north of Quetico Provincial Park, is known as "the Canoeing Capital of Canada" and for its great fishing. But there's much more to see and do in Atikokan. For the fisherman and children alike there's the Walleye Hatchery where you can get a tour of the hatchery. View scenic Little Falls near the golf course or visit the Atikokan Centennial Museum and Atikokan Mining Attraction. As you drive towards Atikokan from Highway 11, stop at the Visitor Information Centre located at the junction of Highway 11 and Highway 11B. They have many brochures on things to do and accommodations in the Atikokan area.
The Atikokan Sportsmen's Conservation Club is a local volunteer organization that operates a fish hatchery dedicated to improving stocks of the most popular sports fish in the area. The hatchery, located beside Little Falls, is capable of hatching up to three million walleye each spring. Local members will arrange a tour and explanation of the hatchery by appointment. Contact 807-597-6990 or 807-597-6592.
Scenic Little Falls
Little Falls is a natural waterfall on the Atikokan River, located near the golf course. Many exceptional photographic opportunities are available in the area of the falls especially from a cable suspension bridge, located just downstream.
Atikokan Public Library
The library is located downtown in the Civic Centre overlooking the picturesque Atikokan River. You will find books and resource material for adults and children. They also provide special programs such as Children's activities, computers, and access to the Internet for the public.
Featuring a new show each month the Pictograph Gallery, located on the lower level of the Voyageur Mall in downtown Atikokan, displays works from local and regional artists. Volunteers – who are often local artisans themselves – act as gallery staff to share information about the art and assist visitors interested in purchasing a piece to bring home.
Canoeists and outdoor enthusiasts will not want to miss an opportunity to view the handmade cedar and canvas canoes manufactured in the traditional manner by the Cameron family in Atikokan. Located on Highway 11B, for more information call 807-597-6801
Atikokan Centennial Museum & Historical Park
Dedicated to preserving the rich history of the Atikokan area the museum features a variety of galleries spanning the discovery of the town by Tom Rawn and his mysterious disappearance, the rise of prospecting and mining in the area, and a gallery proving why Atikokan is the “Canoeing Capital of Canada”. Right across the street is the museum's historical park which is home to many mining artifacts and a log cabin that houses special exhibits over the summer. The museum also maintains a self-guided walking tour throughout the town's many historical displays and murals.
Atikokan Native Friendship Centre
Any visitor to Atikokan should take the time to visit the Atikokan Native Friendship Centre. With rotating programs and high-quality authentic crafts available for sale, they are a must-visit for anyone interested in indigenous culture. They are located at 307 Main St.