Things to Do in Dryden, Ontario

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Attractions and Activities in Dryden, Ontario, Canada

The Dryden Information Centre is located near the town's mascot, Max the Moose, who stands 18 feet tall and weighs nine tons. Visit one of 13 parks or several public beaches, including Sandy Beach on Wabigoon Lake. Enjoy a peaceful walk along Dryden's pathways. The outdoor opportunities are unlimited. Surrounded by numerous lakes, Dryden is in the center of some of the best sportfishing in the world. Being located on Wabigoon Lake provides miles of fishing opportunities for walleye, pike, muskie, and bass. Besides providing excellent year-round fishing, the lake is a starting point for snowmobiling to anywhere in our great northwest.

Lakes, trails, beaches, and parks surround this small, serene community, beckoning visitors to sample a wide range of activities and annual celebrations such as: golfing, skiing, Home and Trade shows, tBaytel Walleye Masters, Fall Fair and Pow Wows. A visit to the local museum to explore the rich history of the area makes a stop in Dryden well worth the time. The recreational facilities are second-to-none with a pool, double arena, weight room, and cardio-fitness centre all located in one complex. Ball diamonds, a soccer pitch, golf course and a curling rink are all located at Sandy Beach.

Egli's Sheep Farm and Animal Park is located in Minnitaki, Ontario, 20 km (12 miles) west of Dryden on Highway 17.

Dryden & District Museum: 
The Dryden & District Museum is located at 15 Van Horne Ave. Various artifacts and theme rooms are displayed. Visit the museum's Facebook page for photos of some of these artifacts. There are over 10,000 artifacts, permanent and rotating displays as well as a research library. The Dryden & District Museum is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of local culture and history in the Dryden area. If you visit the museum, you'll see a majestic whitetail buck that was almost a world record in size. The illegally taken white-tailed buck is believed to be seven or eight years old and does not have an unusually large body but the size of its rack of antlers, with 18 separate points, is close to the world record. A score sheet filled out by a representative of the Foundation for the Recognition of Wildlife according to the official standard for big-game trophies gave the rack a net score of 199, just 14 5/8 points off the world record, which was set by farmer Milo Hansen near Biggar, Sask., in 1992.

Roy Wilson Suspension Bridge 

The Roy Wilson Suspension Bridge is located behind the Chalet Inn on the City’s Trail Network. The bridge is 34 meters (111.5') and spans the Wabigoon River just below the rapids. The suspension bridge is free to use and parking is available at Johnston Park on Highway 17.

Hiking Trails in Dryden

Laura Howe Marsh: walking trails down by the lake and marsh areas - Van Horne Avenue at Ingall Drive. There are also many other hiking trails in Dryden as well as some at Blue Lake Park and Aaron Park.

Public Beaches in Dryden

Ghost Lake, Johnson's Beach, Aaron Park, Sandy Beach

Local Boat Launches
Government Dock, Van Horne Ave. 
Skene's Landing, Victoria Street

Other Recreational Activities:

  • Dryden Athletic Recreation Complex (Pool with waterslide, weight room, cardio fitness room, squash and racquetball courts.)
  • Dryden Athletic Recreation Complex (Two full-size rinks, rollerblading, skateboarding, public skating, and hockey.)
  • 2 golf courses, curling club, 2 mini-golf courses, bowling, beach volleyball, Cinema 86