The Towns and Cities
of Northern Ontario
Red Rock - North of Superior
Some people find it difficult to say “Red
Rock” without prefacing this community’s name with its sister community:
Nipigon. Even though Red Rock shares many things with Nipigon, it has
been able to maintain an identity of its own, and like many of the North
Shore communities, Red Rock offers some really spectacular sights of
mighty Lake Superior.
There are many nature-based activities in
the area. Nearby Ouimet Canyon , with a 350 feet vertical rock wall, is
one of nature's raw masterpieces. On the canyon floor, hidden in the
shadows, you’ll discover plants that are native to the Artic tundra.
Hiking trails lead to observation decks at the edge of the canyon.
You can visit one of the many amethyst
mines or go rock hunting for these semiprecious crystals. Or drop in at
one of the many artisans in the area and discover some truly wonderful
creations made with these reddish violet to pale lilac stones.
You may rent a remote housekeeping
outpost cabin 185 miles north of Red Rock in the Opasquia Provincial
Park. Don’t forget to bring your fishing gear.
Naturalists will enjoy the opportunities
to observe peregrine falcons, bald eagles, blue herons and a variety of
waterfowl in their natural surroundings along the Nipigon River
Red Rock is also along the TOPS
(Trans-Ontario Provincial Snowmobile) trail. After a long day’s ride,
plan to spend an evening at the Red Rock Inn, cozying up to a warm fire,
good food and close friends. Maybe throw in a little snowshoeing or
cross country skiing or even try your hand at some ice climbing.
In February, Red Rock comes alive with
their annual winter carnival. Throughout the year, this community’s
Historical Society hosts guest speakers whose expertise is the history
of the North Shore.