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Adjacent Communities:

Armstrong and the adjacent Whitesand First Nation (combined population 650) offer a full range of modern facilities and services. Located northwest of Lake Nipigon, Armstrong is accessible via paved Highway 527 (3 hours drive north of Thunder Bay), by VIA Rail or by chartered air service to the Armstrong airport.

Namaygoosisagagun (Collins) and Allanwater are smaller aboriginal communities accessed by rail, and are popular starting points for canoe trips.

transparent-spacer610wx55h.gif (281 bytes) Sioux Lookout (Highway 702) and Savant Lake (Highway 599) are located west of Wabakimi on the CNR line, while Saugeen First Nation and Mishkeegogamang (Osnaburgh House) are situated on Highway 599.

Eabametoong (Fort Hope) is located northeast of Wabakimi, adjacent to the Albany River.

For more information on the Armstrong/Wabakimi area, contact the Armstrong Resource Development Corporation (ARDC) or North of Superior Tourism Association (NOSTA). For information on areas west of the park, contact the Patricia Regional Tourist Council.

Thunder Bay... the Gateway to the Northwest

Before you head out to Wabakimi to canoe to a lake or lodge in Northwestern Ontario, you may wish to spend some time in Thunder Bay!

Thunder Bay is a wonderful place, with many interesting things to see and do. A short list of Thunder Bay “musts” might include a sauna and meal at the incredible Kangas Sauna, a musical at the Community Auditorium (one of the finest acoustical halls in Canada), breakfast at the famous “Hoito” Finnish restaurant, or a stroll along Marina Park by Lake Superior. Meet the locals or experience the flavour of native culture at a local pow wow. Relax in one of the many fine hotels, lodges, cozy Bed and Breakfasts or campgrounds. The great outdoors is only minutes away from the city which hosts great shopping, restaurants, scenic views and many more reasons to stay a while. A full-service community with a busy international airport, Thunder Bay is the biggest city (pop. 116,000) on Lake Superior and your gateway to a multitude of northern experiences.

Thunder Bay’s central location in the middle of a continent and at the head of the Great Lakes made it a natural meeting and trading site, as far back as the Paleo-Indian civilization 11,000 years ago. The first Europeans arrived in the 17th century and established a series of fur trading outposts at the place they named Baie de Tonnerre, or Thunder Bay. In 1798, the North West Company built Fort William near the Kaministiquia River, which quickly became a lively community of Scottish traders, French voyageurs and native trappers.

You can see just what life was like back then at Old Fort William, one of the world’s largest historical reconstructions. Step into the year 1815 and join the fun as a cast of colourful characters relives history. The site includes authentic period homes, North West Company offices, artisans’ and tradespersons’ shops, a working farmstead, native encampment and much more.

By the mid-19th century, the fur trade was fading and mining became the focus. Finds of copper, silver and gold drew prospectors from around the world. Another gem still found in this area is amethyst, Ontario’s official gemstone. You can search out your purple treasures at several nearby mines that are open to the public.

Later, the final links in the nation’s railroad and the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway helped make Thunder Bay the principal port for grain shipments from the prairies to the rest of the world. More economic development followed, as manufacturing, shipbuilding and pulp and paper industries grew.

The coming together of diverse cultures, including Finnish and Aboriginal, is reflected in the formation of the city itself. Two towns that developed side by side: Fort William and Port Arthur, were amalgamated in 1970 under the name the first settlers had chosen centuries before: Thunder Bay!

For information & assistance planning your visit to Thunder Bay,  call toll-free: (800) 667-8386or visit the Tourism Thunder Bay Website (http://tourism.city.thunder-bay.on.ca)


Wabakimi is one of over 270 parks in the Ontario Parks System.

Wabakimi is one of over 270 parks in the Ontario Parks System. Click here to visit the Ontario Parls Website - www.OntarioParks.com
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