Egli's Sheep Farm & Animal Park is just 12 miles (20 km) east of Vermilion Bay. Not only is it one of Canada's largest wool and sheepskin specialty stores, it also has a great animal park to tour. One neat attraction in Vermilion Bay is the log fort that will be easily noticed while driving along the main highway, a replica called "Fort Vermillion". You can't miss it, and inside is a gift shop, coffee shop, and a playground for the kids. Admission is free.
Egli's Sheep Farm & Animal Park
Egli's has been a working family farm for over 50 years! In the early 1950s, Robert and Margarit Egli emigrated from Switzerland to an old homestead in rugged Northwestern Ontario. It was their vision and foresight that led them to this region, knowing that the land was well suited for forage (grass and hay) production. This natural renewable resource was utilized to produce lamb meat, wool, and sheepskin. The garage was converted into a manufacturing room and a small retail business began. As production sales increased, wool and sheepskin were brought in to meet the growing demand.
Over 50 years later, while maintaining a working family farm, Egli's Sheep Farm employs four full-time sewers who manufacture sheepskin products right at the farm. The retail shop has expanded to become one of Canada's largest shop in wool and sheepskin specialty shops.
Take a self-guided tour of the Animal Park to see many domestic and exotic farm animals. The Park area covers more than 80 acres with large paddocks. There is a Bird Aviary and Lambing Barn. Visitors are able to interact with some of the smaller, more social farm animals. With advanced booking, guided group tours or wagon rides are available. There is plenty of parking available for buses and RVs. Visit the Egli's Sheep Farm & Animal Park website for hours for Wool & Sheepskin Shop and the Animal Park schedule. You can also see a map of the Animal Park. Egli's is conveniently located halfway between Vermilion Bay and Dryden (about 12 miles each way.
Go Swimming at the Public Beaches in the Vermilion Bay area
Kinsmen Beach (Vermillion Bay)
Blue Lake Provincial Park (Vermillion Bay)
Hudson Bay Park (Eagle River)
Government Dock - boat launch and swimming area
Blue Lake Provincial Park
Blue Lake Provincial Park provides camping grounds, hiking trails, a beautiful sandy beach and a store where munchies and snacks can be found. The Blue Lake Park is off Highway 647. The Park, with almost 200 camping sites, is sandwiched between two lakes, Blue and Langton. Between the two bodies of water is an easy four-kilometre walk along the Rock Point hiking trail, the longest of three marked paths. Blue Lake is 27 metres deep in spots and the water is so clear you can see the bottom at a depth of six metres.