Date: June 6, 2017
Adventure: Ouimet Canyon/Eagle Canyon Adventures
Ouimet Canyon is probably the most unexpected thing Northern Ontario has but also makes so much sense at the same time…
Wikipedia tells me that Ouimet Canyon was most likely formed when a “diabase sill” (I kept that linked because I have no idea what it means) dating from a billion years earlier was split open, either by the weight of advancing glaciers or the large volumes of water released during their retreat. Erosion by wind and rain continued the formation of the canyon. Thus the canyon was born!
The canyon features the privately owned and operated Eagle Canyon Adventures (website linked here). The park features two suspension bridges – one of which is Canada’s longest bridge, measuring at 600 feet (~183 m) – and a zip line, about 0.5 mile long and moves up to 45 mph (~72 km/h). There is an entrance fee of $20per adult and $10 per child (children under 4 are free!) A separate fee of $50 must be paid to zip line.
- Travel northeast from The City of Thunder Bay on the Trans Canada Highway/Thunder Bay Expressway
- You will reach Dorian, Ontario
- Turn left onto Ouimet Canyon Rd
- You will approach a fork in the road and should keep right (unless you want to take an adventure of your own)
- You will reach the parks parking lot
- Let your adventure begin!
The drive is nice! It’s super easy because there are signs along the highway and it is about an hour long away from Dawson Rd. However, it doesn’t feel that long… especially when you’re accompanied by two of your best friends
My friends, Catherine and Adam, and I took on this adventure head on! It was the nicest day that we’ve had all summer (so far) and none of us were working… so we did what any sane person would do: GO ADVENTURING!
Adventuring and really just driving with friends is always the best, especially when you and your friends share different tastes in music or other things. The three of us all have different music preferences but all appreciate music for what it’s worth. This “road trip” consisted of 2000s Pop, Rock & Roll, Country, Folk, Indie, Alternative and so much more! (Thank you to DJ Cat Cat for the sick beats!)
As we were approaching the canyon it was very odd scenery. I expected a more hill like area but to my surprise it was very flat. A canyon in the middle of what looked like a prairie land is essentially what and where Ouimet Canyon is!
We approached the parking lot and because it was a Tuesday in the middle of the day the park was not busy whatsoever (so if you freak out because of heights, you can freak out with your loved ones)
The bridges honestly don’t seem big or scary like how I thought they would. They are very safe and secure. I’ve been on other suspension bridges just outside of Quebec, Quebec and those were shaky and scary… but I pushed through! These bridges don’t shake whatsoever and I kinda wanted them to, it did seem very suspension like.
Being at Ouimet Canyon is a different experience! It doesn’t feel like you’re in the same old Thunder Bay district. It feels as though you’re in a different province, country or even continent! It goes to show you that the area of Thunder Bay, ON is something special because it has all these unexpected places to experience.
To finish off our trip we stopped at one of those greasy roadside diners you see on TV as a kid but never in person. This day trip is one of my favourite memories I now created up in beautiful Thunder Bay… I can’t wait to create so many more!
Here’s to checking another item off my list and cheers to your adventuring!