Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park

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Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of a 150-meter-wide gorge, complete with awe-inspiring sheer cliffs that plummet an impressive 100 meters straight down to the canyon floor.

You can explore this natural wonder via a well-maintained trail and boardwalk that conveniently links two lookout platforms, both offering spectacular vistas of the canyon. It’s the perfect spot to soak in the beauty of nature.

Remarkably, you’ll also find Arctic plants here, typically thriving a thousand kilometers further north. These resilient flora have adapted to the unique environment at the bottom of the canyon, adding an unexpected touch of botanical intrigue to your visit.

Please note that this is a day-use park only, so plan your visit accordingly for a memorable adventure in this stunning natural setting!

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Information

Phone #: (807) 977-2526
Main entrance co-ordinates: 48.766486, -88.670826
Address: Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park c/o Sleeping Giant Provincial Park R.R. #1 Pass Lake, ON P0T 2M0

Opening seasons: May 17, 2024 to October 15, 2024

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Nearby Parks & Conservation Areas

If the park is very busy, especially one that requires a reserved day pass, you might want to consider a nearby park or conservation area.

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park

Silver Falls Provincial Park

Activities

Birding

Ouimet Canyon offers fantastic opportunities for bird enthusiasts! As you explore the raised boardwalk trail, you’ll find yourself closer to the forest canopy, providing an excellent vantage point to observe and listen to neotropical migrants. These remarkable birds breed in North America and then make their way to Central and South America for the winter. In addition to these seasonal travelers, you’ll also encounter the year-round residents of the boreal forest.

But that’s not all! Keep your eyes peeled, because you might just catch a glimpse of the elusive Peregrine Falcon. This magnificent bird occasionally chooses to nest on the cliffs of the canyon, making it a rare treat for birdwatchers. So, grab your binoculars and camera, and get ready for an unforgettable bird-watching adventure at Ouimet Canyon!

Camping & Accommodation

Unfortunately, there are no overnight camping facilities at this park, but with nearby Sleeping Giant and Kakabeka Falls Provincial Parks just minutes away, you can continue your adventure with a night under the stars.

If you’d like to camp at a provincial park the nearest options are Sleeping Giant or Kakabeka Falls Provincial Parks.

Hiking, Biking & Paddling

Ouimet Canyon boasts a one-kilometer loop trail leading to two viewing platforms situated along the canyon’s edge. It’s crucial to adhere to the trail and appreciate the canyon solely from the designated lookout areas. One section of the trail provides barrier-free access to these viewpoints.

Hiking

Short 1 km loop trail with canyon viewing platforms.

Biking

Trails: No

Paddling

Routes: No

Maps & Resources

Ontario Crown Land Use Policy Atlas: Most provincial Parks have excellent signage, maps, and marked trails. If you take up back-country adventures, then it’s not always clear. The Ontario Crown Land Use maps are an excellent resource. You might also want to join one or more of these groups on Facebook.
Crown Land Camping Group
Crown Land Camping Ontario
Ontario Parks and Crown Land
Ontario Crown Land Campers
Sharing Ontario Crown Land Camping Spots

Local Facilities

Barrier Free

The toilets in the park are accessible without barriers.

Day Use


Ouimet Canyon is indeed a beautiful day use park located in northern Ontario, Canada. The park features a striking gorge with sheer cliffs that drop down to depths of about 100 meters (330 feet) below. It’s a popular spot for hiking, sightseeing, and picnicking.

The picnic area near the main parking lot and trailhead provides visitors with a convenient place to relax and enjoy a meal amidst the stunning natural surroundings. It’s an ideal spot for families and groups to gather before or after exploring the trails and taking in the breathtaking views of the canyon.

Visitors should note that while Ouimet Canyon is a day use park, there are no camping facilities available on-site. However, there are nearby campgrounds and accommodations for those looking to extend their stay in the area and explore more of what the region has to offer.

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