Map of Northern Ontario. Detailed map of the highway and local roads of Northern Ontario with cities and towns

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Map of Northern Ontario. Detailed map of the highway and local roads of Northern Ontario with cities and towns

Northern Ontario

Built on gold, silver, zinc, copper, and iron ore, many of the cities with roots in the Canadian Shield along the northern shores of lakes Huron and Superior have retooled themselves as tourism destinations, offering everything from hands-on science exploration to music to wilderness getaways. Highway 17, along the north shore of Lake Superior, has been designated by Ontario as part of the Great Lakes Heritage Coast, which begins in Port Severn on Georgian Bay, and passes through Sault Ste. Marie on the Saint Mary's River all the way to Thunder Bay.

Kapuskasing [A6] Known as "The Model Town of the North," Kapuskasing is home to The Ron Morel Memorial Museum, a museum housed in a refurbished 1919 steam engine, two railway coaches, and a caboose. The museum collects memorabilia, two working model train sets, and exhibitions of photographs, documents, and artifacts related to Kapuskasing's history.

Kirkland Lake [C8] Gold was discovered here when prospector Bill Wright spied something glittering in a rock outcropping in July 1911. Kirkland Lake soon became one of the largest gold-producing areas in Canada. Today, the Macassa mine is the last gold mine operating, with the deepest single-lift mine hoisting shaft in the western hemisphere: 2.2 km. Mine tours are available. ©Interpretative exhibits on the history of northern Ontario including mining, prospecting, geology, and wildlife can be seen at the Museum of Northern History, in the home of onee-famous prospector Sir Harry Oakes. The Miners' Memorial Monument pays tribute to the men of the deeps in a 9.7-m-high black granite statue with five life-size figures.

Sault Ste. Marie [E4] A modern international city of 81,000, Sault Ste. Marie is home to the world's busiest locks, directing oceangoing vessels with cargoes of iron ore and grain. The city's history is recounted in the Sault Ste. Marie Museum, while the MS Norgama, the last ship built for passenger travel on the Great Lakes, has been converted into a museum of marine history. The Canadian Bushplane Museum has a display honoring Canada's first woman in space-Dr. Roberta Bondar. ®The scenic Agawa Canyon Tour Train is the most popular attraction in "The Soo." Accessible only by rail, the scenic canyon,about 180 km north of Sault Ste. Marie, is about 20 km long with walls 175 m at the highest point and only 15 m wide at its narrowest point.

Sudbury [E7] Sudbury's importance as a mining center is captured in the Big Nickel-a 9-m-high 1951 commemorative coin. Once a community totally dependent on mining (the surrounding Canadian Shield landscape harbors some of the richest ore deposits in the world), Sudbury has become a major center for tourism, education, business, and government. With over 1,200 km of trails, it also has the largest snowmobile trail system in Ontario. Visitors can also tunnel through the Canadian Shield at Science North, the largest tourist attraction in northern Ontario.

Timmins [B7] This large mining town has a large number of industry-based attractions such as the famous underground gold mine tour, where visitors can try their hand at panning for gold. The Shania Twain Centre includes memorabilia, live concert simulations, a backstage concert experience, and interactive musical exhibits from Timmins' most famous native. ®The 50 km Timmins Recreation Trail System, suitable for walking and cycling, connects the community's historical and natural sites. Centered on the Gillies Lake Conservation Area, the trail network links to the beaches and trails at Hersey Lake and the parks and trails around Porcupine Lake.



Ron Morel Memorial Museum Heritage River Boat Tours


Museum of Northern History Miners' Memorial

Monument Northern Thunder

Dragway Mount Cheminis


Sault Ste. Marie Museum Sault Canal National Historic Site MS Norgama Canadian Bushplane

Museum Ermatinger House Bellevue Park Canadian Forest Service-Great Lakes Forestry Centre Lock Tours Canada

Boat Cruises Roberta Bondar Park Spruce Haven Wildlife Zoo Agawa Canyon Tour Train


Big Nickel Mine Copper Cliff Museum Flour Mill Heritage Museum Science North Science Centre Art Gallery of Sudbury Bell Park Lake Laurentian Conservation Area La Galerie du Nouvel Ontario


Timmins Museum and Exhibition Centre Shania Twain Centre Kidd Creek Mine Tours Timmins Recreational Trail System


Map of Northern Ontario. Detailed map of the highway and local roads of Northern Ontario with cities and towns