Atikokan/Quetico Winter Wilderness Escape

A three-day visit in mid-to-late March to experience the early spring skiing and ice fishing in the Atikokan and Quetico Provincial Park area. See the local craft paddle and canoe builders, museum and pictograph gallery - there's a reason Atikokan is Naturally Wild!

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Day 1

Atikokan Centennial Museum and Heritage Park
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Atikokan Centennial Museum and Heritage Park
Museum, Theatre, Interpretive Centre | Museum
The Atikokan Museum's motto is "celebrating all that we are." With displays of paddling history, mining and lumber heritage, and the 12,000 year old caribou antler, there's always something to delight! The Heritage Park is also the landing site for Path of the Paddle and the Trans-Canada-Trail passes the museum.

Situated on the winding Atikokan River, the Atikokan Centennial Museum and Heritage Park exhibits the unique history of the area. Featuring local history exhibits, regional rock samples, a 12000 year old Barren Ground Caribou antler found at the…

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Souris River Canoes
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Souris River Canoes
Local Point of Interest | Unique Shop
Visit Souris River Canoes, world-famous local canoe manufacturers! Souris River Canoes has been perfecting the creation of wilderness tripping canoes for 30 years. Made from epoxy resin, they are fast, stable, maneuverable and sea-worthy.

Souris River Canoes has been perfecting the creation of wilderness tripping canoes for 31 years.

Our canoes are light, tough and user friendly.  We have approximately 60 outfitters using our canoes in the United States and Canada. Come…

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XY Company Hand-Crafted Paddles
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XY Company Hand-Crafted Paddles
Local Point of Interest | Unique Shop
Makers of the world-famous 'bent shaft' paddles, XY Company is a small father / son business dedicated to handcrafting quality paddles.

Makers of the world-famous 'bent shaft' paddles, XY Company is a small father / son business dedicated to handcrafting quality paddles.

We select from a variety of woods to produce paddles that are proven and distinct, produced locally and…

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Crystal Beach Resort
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Crystal Beach Resort
Accommodation | Lodge or Resort
A day on the frozen lake? Take a drive to this resort destination located in Ontario's beautiful Sunset Country region and discover the beauty of the wilderness of Northwest Ontario adjacent to Quetico Provincial Park. Open in March for ice fisherman. Experience nature with the conveniences of a clean, comfortable and modern cabin.

Crystal Beach Resort is located near the small, historic town of Atikokan, approximately a two hour drive from the US/Canada border at International Falls, MN or Grand Portage, MN. Crystal Beach management  take pride in  personal service…

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Day 2

Pictograph Art Gallery
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Pictograph Art Gallery
Museum, Theatre, Interpretive Centre | Art Gallery or Studio
Artist-run non-profit art gallery downtown Atikokan in the Voyageur Mall. Many exhibits inspired by Quetico and local history.

An idea held by four artists to fill a need has now evolved into a highly respected and much welcomed facility through which local and regional artists and artisans can have their works featured.

These local artists, discouraged by the…

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Little Falls
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Little Falls
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall
A favourite spot for visitors year round! Snowmobiling and skiing can be accessed right from the Little Falls area. Trans-Canada Trail connection to the Beaten Path Nordic Trails allows you to ski right from Atikokan to the club trails.

Little Falls, like most of the lakes, rivers, streams, and water falls in the Atikokan area, was carved out by massive glaciers heading north around 12,000 years ago. Today, Little Falls is a beautiful fifty foot fall which is a favourite spot…

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Fletcher Canoes
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Fletcher Canoes
Local Point of Interest | Unique Shop
Hand-crafted beautiful cedar/canvas canoes. Builders Randy and Thelma Cameron would be happy to show you their shop and the treasures made there.

At Fletcher Canoes in Atikokan, we hand-craft beautiful cedar/canvas canoes. Our shop is located on Hwy 11B, the road into town. We build the 17.6'   "Bill Mason 'Heavy Duty' Special" and the 15' "Fletcher's Fancy". Builders Randy and Thelma…

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Beaten Path Nordic Trails
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Beaten Path Nordic Trails
Outdoor Adventure | Winter Recreation Area
Minutes from town, the Beaten Path have developed some of the best cross-country trails in Ontario. Quality groomed skate lanes and track-set classic trails provide skiers a variety of opportunities.

Beaten Path Nordic Trails is an active cross country ski club in the Atikokan/Quetico area.  With the help of many members and volunteers, the Beaten Path have developed some of the best cross-country trails in Ontario.

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Day 3

Cross Quetico Lakes Tour
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Cross Quetico Lakes Tour
Festival or Event | Competition or Sporting Event
Recognized by EXPLORE MAGAZINE as one of the coolest adventures in Canada, it's hosted by the Beaten Path Nordic Trails in collaboration with Ontario Parks. Return to the roots of cross country skiing - Come ski the canoe routes of Quetico. An all-day event that includes bus shuttles and dinner/social.

SKI CONDITIONS UPDATE- Sunday March 11

It is still melting during the day and freezing at night helping to create the nice crust conditions we are hoping for. Skiing on the lakes yesterday we were able to stay on top most of the time…

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Winter in Quetico Provincial Park
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Winter in Quetico Provincial Park
Outdoor Adventure | Winter Recreation Area
Quetico Provincial Park - Ski trails and roofed accommodations. An enchanting winter wonderland and an exceptional way to see a different face of canoe country. Quetico is a true gem in Ontario's provincial park system and in the winter it truly showcases it's pristine quiet nature. Front-country ski and snowshoe trails When the lakes freeze over the canoe routes become ski and snowshoe pathways to the back-country.

Known for it's unparalleled canoeing opportunities Quetico is rarely thought about for winter recreation, but for the few that will venture there, they will find an enchanting winter wonderland and an exceptional way to see a different face of…

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1 Atikokan Centennial Museum and Heritage Park
2 Souris River Canoes
3 XY Company Hand-Crafted Paddles
4 Crystal Beach Resort
5 Pictograph Art Gallery
6 Little Falls
7 Fletcher Canoes
8 Beaten Path Nordic Trails
9 Cross Quetico Lakes Tour
10 Winter in Quetico Provincial Park