Located in the Canadian Shield and north of Lake Huron, Elliot Lake is surrounded by deciduous and coniferous forests, lakes, rivers, muskeg swamps, and scenic hills that were formed from Precambrian bedrock. This former uranium mining town, whose economy fell badly in the early 1990s, is now re-branded as an affordable retirement destination and tourist spot. Whether you are looking for a relaxing getaway in the pristine wilderness or embarking on an off-road adventure on your all-terrain vehicle (ATV), Elliott Lake will have something for you. Here’s how you can make the most out of your trip to Ontario’s famous ATV destination.
Canada Travel – All About Elliot Lake
Choose the perfect family van at your Dodge dealer in Ontario, and then pack it up with all the necessities for your trip to Elliot Lake–a camera, season-appropriate clothes, and protective gear if you have plans to ski or participate in Elliot Lake’s insured ATV trail network. If you want to see Lake Elliot’s famed attractions, then start with the city’s replica of a fire tower lookout. This old-fashioned fire ranger station overlooks the city and is outfitted with a telescope for enjoying the panoramic views. You can even see the United States from the tower. There’s a playground and a picnic area nearby, which would be perfect if you’re sightseeing with your kids. Another must-see attraction is Elliot Lake Nuclear and Mining Museum, which has exhibits that show Lake Elliot’s logging and uranium mining histories, as well as an impressive collection of equipment used for mine rescue operations.
Winter sports enthusiasts typically flock to Mount Dufour to ski along its seven trails. If you are coming to Elliot Lake to ski, call ahead to check Mount Dufour Ski Area’s operating status. Aside from skiing and riding snow mobiles, there are also opportunities for canoeing, fishing, nature photography, camping, and hiking at Elliot Lake.
Given Elliot Lake’s reputation as a major ATV destination in Canada, there’s a big chance you’re visiting the area solely for its organized ATV excursion. Head first to the Elliot Lake Welcome Centre at the Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre to buy a map and a visitor pass, which are key requirements for all visiting ATV riders. The map will show you the details of over 300 kilometers of ATV trail network spanning Elliot Lake’s majestic terrain. You can also purchase these requirements through tourism partners of Elliot Lake Welcome Centre. For ATV excursion supplies, you won’t have a hard time looking for ATV-related businesses in the vicinity.
Accommodation options for Elliot Lake include hotels, ski lodges, campgrounds, and remote camps. You can spend a night in a hotel room or pitch a tent at one of Elliot Lake’s numerous campgrounds. Check out these places when trying to decide where to stay for the night–The Hampton Inn by Hilton Elliot Lake, Red Rose Bed & Breakfast, Denison House, Frontier Lodge, Laurentian Lodge, Westview Park, South Bay Park, and Ten Mile Lake lodge. Most of these Elliot Lake accommodations offer tours, guiding packages, and other services.
Brian Straker is an experienced tour guide and enjoys sharing his insights with an online audience. His articles mainly appear on travel and road trip blogs.