Nipigon is a small village on an isolated section of Trans-Canada Highway which follows the sparsely-populated north shore of Lake Superior between Thunder Bay and Sault Sainte Marie (Ontario). There is little population and few services outside the few villages on this lengthy stretch of highway. The local economy of Nipigon Township (population 1631 in 2011, down from 2338 twenty years earlier) depends primarily on forest products, fishing, and tourism. Multiply Forest Products, a hundred-worker sawmill which was the largest employer in Nipigon, burned to the ground on February 6, 2007.
Nipigon is a departure point for fishing excursions onto Lake Superior, the Nipigon River system and Lake Nipigon. Common fish varieties include Atlantic salmon, lake trout, speckled trout, rainbow trout, walleye, northern pike, bass, and perch.
Travel information is available seasonally (Victoria Day weekend to Thanksgiving) at 425 Hwy 17, phone +1 807 887-3188, fax +1 807 887-3189.
- Nipigon is on the Trans-Canada Highway (Ontario 11/17, running concurrently), where it represents a single point of failure for cross-country domestic road travel. The stretch between Nipigon and Thunder Bay is designated the Terry Fox Courage Highway.
- There is no passenger rail service in Nipigon-Thunder Bay. Greyhound bus is available at the Husky House (453 Hwy 11/17, +1 807 887-2197, fuel 24/7, restaurant +1 807 887-3702).
- Nipigon Marina, ☎ . June 1-Sept 8. RV parking (30-50 Amp electricity), camping, showers, water, ice, pump out, liquor store, laundry, groceries, free boat launch, transient docking, seasonal/monthly docking & storage, Diesel fuel. Deep water channel to Lake Superior.
- Spirit Taxi, ☎ .
- 1 Nipigon Historical Museum, 40 Front St, ☎ . 11AM-8PM daily (summer). History of Nipigon from the fur trade to development of the forest industry, displayed through literature and artefacts: tools that were used, products that were made, pictures of people there at that time. By donation.
- Nipigon River Recreational Trail. 8km (5 mi) all-season riverside trail connecting the Nipigon and Red Rock Marinas. Several lookout points (the most dramatic of which is Eagle's Ridge); leaves and foliage take on their fall colours from mid August through October.
- Northshore Golf and Country Club, Golf Course Rd (off Trans-Canada 11/17 between Nipigon and Red Rock), ☎ . Nine-hole golf course with licensed dining room and restaurant, open 7 days a week.
- Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park, ☎ . Victoria Day weekend to Thanksgiving. Seasonal day-use park and nature reserve.
Guides, charters and adventures
- Bowman Island Lodge and Charters, RR#1 Nipigon, ☎ . Bowman Island is off the south shore of St Ignace Island in the Lake Superior Marine Conservation Area. A 30 ft water taxi and 45 ft trawler carry 8-10 passengers. Outfitter supplies fishing packages (fly rod, spin cast or troll), transportation for canoes or kayaks, outdoor adventure packages.
- By the Bay Adventures, Nipigon Marina, 3 Brennen Drive, ☎ . Charter a boat+captain for $700-900/day or $350/half day.
- Epic Adventures, ☎ . Mountain bike festival, hiking, geocaching.
- Hardcore Fishing and Adventures, RR#1 Nipigon, ☎ . Guided fishing trips, $300-500/day.
- McGuire Farm and Greenhouse, 600 Hwy 17 (RR#1), ☎ , fax: . May 1-Oct 31, noon-8PM weekdays. Eco guiding tours and moose hunt guide, fresh blueberries and vegetables in season.
- Nighthawk Charters, ☎ , fax: . mid-May to mid-Sept. Fishing and hunting packages, day excursions, dinner cruises, kayaking and sightseeing.
- Nipigon River Bear Hunts, Hwy 17, ☎ , toll-free: , fax: . Local guide Bob Bearman leads (typically) six-day all-inclusive hunting expeditions for bear, wolf and moose. US$2000-5000.
- Blueberry Blast Festival. First weekend in August. Guided berry picking, local craft and food sales, live music, Active Circus Zone, juggling show, youth talent show, active-play children’s games, minnow races, crafts for kids, cards for seniors, face-painting and Teddy Bear’s Picnic.
- Canyon Country Birding Festival, Dorion ON, ☎ . last weekend in May. Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park, Eagle Canyon Adventures and the Dorion Fish Culture Station are on Trans-Canada 11/17 west of Nipigon/Red Rock.
- Nipigon Ice Fest, 52 Front St.. One weekend, mid-March. Winter camping and ice climbing, Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced/Mixed levels.
A limited selection is available in the village, including a grocer (Zechner's), hardware (Home Hardware and Canadian Tire), auto towing and repair; there is a discount store (The Bargain Shop) and a second-hand store for clothing and general merchandise.
- 1 Crabby Andy's, 428 Hwy 11/17, ☎ . 4-9PM daily (resto). Motel and restaurant with burgers and pizza, takeaway (pickup and delivery), catering, outdoor seating.
- 2 La Luna Café, 46 Front St, ☎ . W-Su 8:30AM-6PM. Bakery, catering and events. Across the street from Paddle To the Sea Park.
- 3 The Edgeview at Sunnyside, 133 Railway St, ☎ . 11AM-8PM. Homemade pies and burgers, pasta, daily luncheon & dinner specials, patio and licensed dining room.
Beer and spirits are available for takeaway from The Beer Store and the LCBO.
- 1 Beaver Motor Motel, 412 Hwy 11/17, ☎ . Single/double rooms and 2-bed/1-bath apartment-house suites with LCD TV's, full kitchenette in some rooms.
- 2 Birchville Motel, 386 Highway 11/17, ☎ , toll-free: . Wi-Fi, 32" flat screen TV with movie channels, fridges, microwaves, phones, coffee, bottled water and ice. Smoke-free, kitchenettes in some rooms.
- Locking Horns Motel, 461 Hwy 11/17, ☎ , fax: .
- Northland Motel, Hwy 17, ☎ , fax: . In-room coffee and fridges, fax and copy service, automated wakeup calls, movie and VCR rentals.
Bed and breakfast
- Skandia House, 17 Second St, ☎ . Tea room, on-site reflexology/reiki practitioner, three guest rooms.
- 4 Stillwater Tent & Trailer Park, 358 Hwy 11/17, ☎ , toll-free: . 48+ sites, some in wooded area, some along Stillwater Creek (a cool trout stream), some open and grassy. Wi-fi, power, water/sewer hookup at some sites. $22-38/day.
- 1 Nipigon Public Library, 52 Front St, ☎ . Tue-Sat (limited hours). Small local library with 15000 printed books, open wi-fi and community access computers. Closed Sun-Mon.
The lake is approximately 40km (25 mi) north of Nipigon village on Hwy 11.
- McCollum's Reflection Lake Resort, Hwy 11, ☎ .
|Routes through Nipigon|
|Thunder Bay ← Red Rock ←||W E||→ Longlac → North Bay|
|Thunder Bay ← Red Rock ←||W E||→ Schreiber → Sault Ste Marie|