Red Lake, Ontario, Canada Vacations

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Red Lake: Gateway to Woodland Caribou Park

Visit Red Lake and experience the best in Northern lifestyle - past and present. Red Lake consists of six smaller towns located in the heart of a lake-studded, boreal forest region in Sunset Country. Most people visit Red Lake for its natural beauty, to see the abundant wildlife, and to experience incredible Canadian fishing in the many freshwater lakes in the area.

Find Places to Stay and Things to Do in Red Lake

The Outdoors, History, Red Lake Has it All

Red Lake is home to many fishing and hunting lodges and is a starting point to many of the fly-in lodges and outposts in the far north. Red Lake is the starting point for wilderness canoe excursions into Woodland Caribou Park. There's a chance while canoeing in Wood Caribou that you'll see the rare woodland caribou on your canoe trip. The historic Bloodvein River System accessible from the west end of Red Lake is a designated Canadian Heritage River.

History can be experienced first hand at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre. You'll find First Nations and gold mining displays as well as outdoor exhibits. You can watch movies of the area's rich past, buy books and souvenirs, and find out about other attractions in the district.

Red Lake is the commercial hub of the district, so take some time to do some shopping or dining. The town has adopted the title of "Norseman Capital of the World" and the annual Norseman Festival celebrates this historic bush plane and its role in the development of the area. Visit Norseman Heritage Park and see a full-size model of the Norseman. You can even take an aerial tour of the town.

Population: approximately 4,600 people

Distances to nearest towns from Red Lake to: 
Dryden - 215 km (134 Mi)
Kenora - 270 km (168 Mi)
Winnipeg, MB - 470 km (290 Mi) 
Thunder Bay - 535 km (355 Mi) 
Minneapolis, MN - 910km (590 Mi) 
Chicago, IL - 1480km (945 Mi)

Visitor Information Centre: 
The Visitor Information Centre, housed in the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre carries maps of local areas, including the locations of businesses, as well as various outposts and lodges.

Public Boat Launches in Red Lake: 
Government Dock: Red Lake, Howey St. 
Red Lake Marine Services: Red Lake, Hwy 105 
St. Paul's Bay: St. Paul's Bay

Picnic Areas and Parks within Red Lake: 
Norseman Heritage Park - No trip to Red Lake is complete without a visit to Norseman Park. Come and see CF-DRD on a pedestal in the park and view the interpretive panels that tell the story of the Norseman.

Other Recreational Activities

  • Campbell Recreation Centre is Balmertown is equipped with an indoor swimming pool, curling rink, five-pin bowling alley and weight room.
  • Red Lake Recreation Centre is equipped with squash court, weight room, multipurpose room, as well as an outdoor basketball court and skating rink.
  • Cochenour Recreation Centre is equipped with an indoor arena.
  • Bob's Bowling- Five pin bowling alley.
  • The Red Lake Golf and Country Club is Ontario's most northern 18 hole golf course.

For more information on Red Lake call the Red Lake District Publicity Board at 807-727-3021 or toll-free at 877-733-5522 or call the Corporation of the Municipality of Red Lake at 807-735-2096.