Atikokan, Ontario is known as the "Canoeing Capital of Canada". The town is located along scenic Highway 11/17 in the southeast region of Sunset Country. Atikokan is a starting point for those canoeing famous Quetico Provincial Wilderness Park, which is just south of the community. Quetico is one of North America's best places to enjoy wilderness canoeing; there are no motorboats allowed on the many lakes within the park. There are many canoe outfitters in the area that can help you plan your paddling trip in the wilderness park. If you're looking for a fully guided and outfitted trip or just a partially outfitted canoe trip, you'll be sure to find a quality outfitter in Atikokan. But there's much more to do in Atikokan than canoeing. You can stay at a drive in resort on one of the many area lakes, or perhaps fly in to a remote outpost lake and go fishing. Why not make your trip to Atikokan a learning experience! You can visit the Walleye Fish Hatchery; see the Centennial Museum, the Native Friendship Center, Pioneer Center or mining attractions. View ancient native rock art at the Pictograph Gallery or better yet, set out on your own to view rock art along the many lakeshores near town. The beautiful remote, White Otter/Turtle River Wilderness Area is just north of Atikokan.
To link to the canoe outfitters, resorts and lodges, hotels and other businesses in Atikokan, please scroll down to the bottom of this page to visit their websites.
The economy of Atikokan is based on forestry, a thermal generating station, government services, retail services, tourism, and a mixture of light manufacturing businesses.
Distances to Nearest Towns:
Atikokan to Fort Frances is 150 km
Atikokan to Thunder Bay is 209 km
Visitor Information Centre:
The Visitor Information Centre is located at the junction of Highway 11 and Highway 11B. It is stocked full of travel information on Atikokan and many surrounding areas. They can be reached at 807-597-4492.
Summer hours: May to September: 10:00am-5:00pm.
Winter hours: Closed for the winter.
Hiking Trails in Atikokan
Walking trails are located along the river throughout the community.
French Lake is located on the northern edge of Quetico Provincial Park. A public beach located on Crystal Lake located adjacent to Crystal Beach Resort.
Picnic Areas and Parks Within Atikokan
Bunnel Park has a quaint picnic pavilion where people can have family gatherings.
There are many winter activities to enjoy in Atikokan - cross country skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, tobogganing, and snow shoeing.
For more information on Atikokan, visit the links at the top of the page or call the Chamber of Commerce at 1-888-334-2332, the Atikokan Economic Development Office at 807-597-2757 or 888-334-2332. or the Township Office at 807-597-2738.