Winter in Atikokan is great in the winter as well as the summer. You can snowmobile on the many trails around the area, go ice fishing or just get away for the weekend. The Beaten Path Nordic Club maintains a great system of cross-country ski trails. If you are planning a conference or if you have a business meeting, Atikokan has hotels and motels that are open year round.
Cross Country Ski Trails
The Beaten Path Nordic Club, with the help of Friends of Quetico and many members and volunteers, has developed some of the best cross-country trails in Ontario. The trails are north of the Quetico Park boundary and throughout the Dawson campgrounds. There are over 50 km of diversified trails. Quality groomed skate lanes and track-set classic trails allow skiers to experience the great wilderness surroundings. The trails are just south of Atikokan on Highway 11. There are several parking lots along the highway where you can park and start off from. Visit the Beaten Path Nordic Club for more information. Click here for a map of the cross country ski trails in Atikokan.
The Sno Ho Club grooms the many miles of snowmobile trails so that they are in good condition. Discover the stunning scenery of the Canadian Shield while touring the area. Enjoy miles of lake and trail riding. The Trans Ontario Provincial Trail System's groomed snowmobile trail has direct access to Atikokan, Ignace, Crane Lake and the Minnesota snowmobile trail system. With lots of snow and very little snowmobile traffic the trails are great.
Some of the resorts and lodges in the area stay open for the winter. You can go ice fishing for a variety of species including lake trout, walleye and northern pike. Clearwater West and White Otter Lakes are famous for Big Lakers. Clearwater West holds the World Record for Lake Trout - 40 lbs. Perch Lake on the Seine Chain of lakes also has great ice fishing. You can also stay at a hotel or motel in the area and venture out from there.
For more information on where to stay in Atikokan during the winter months, click on the hotels, lodges and accommodations below. There are also retail outlets and services that stay open year-round to help you with your shopping needs. If you're planning a winter vacation in another part of Northwestern Ontario visit www.snowontario.ca for more outfitters that are open in the winter.