Things to See and Do
Bridgeview Lookout Tower
Climb 65 steps up this 40 foot structure to be rewarded with a 360 degree view from Lake Helen, to the Nipigon River Bridge, to the Marina and beyond. The tower is located on Railway St. near the Edgeview Restaurant. Take the entrance into Nipigon immediately west of the Nipigon River Bridge.
The Bridgeview Lookout Tower was completed through the Nipigon Waterfront Development Phase 1 Project with support from FedNor, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and the Township of Nipigon.
Experience the serene beauty of the Nipigon Lagoon, accessible via the marina. Take a dip, or drop a fishing line at the black bridge. Need to stretch your legs? Explore our all new lagoon boardwalks, including Turtle Point, which stretches several feet beyond an eastern painted turtle nesting site into the middle of the lagoon. This serene area is your best opportunity to observe wildlife. In addition to turtles, a variety of water fowl, beavers, and even fish have been spotted there. The lagoon’s sheltered waters are also perfect for paddling. An accessible paddle docking system can be found at the southern tip of the Nipigon Marina.
The boardwalks were made possible through support from FedNor, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, and the Township of Nipigon.
There are NO LIFEGUARDS on duty. Swim at your own risk. Please keep dogs on-leash. Swimming is prohibited at Turtle Point.
Lake Superior Water Trail
Nipigon Marina is an access point along the recently established Lake Superior Water Trail. Our access point is located at the southern tip of the marina, and includes an accessible water entry system (EZ Dock), a composting toilet, picnic and tenting areas, and signage panels that include local interpretation, maps and safety information. The access point is also steps away from the Nipigon River Recreation Trail head.
Nipigon Historical Walking Tour
Take a walk through time and savour the tales old buildings have to tell. This self-guided tour begins at the Nipigon Historical Museum, and is approximately 2.6 km. All sites are accessible by road. Maps can be picked up at the museum or at the town office. The map is also downloadable here WalkingTour.
The Nipigon area offers recreational, non-motorized trails with world class views and an abundance of wildlife. There are many day trail options for all ability levels. Trails accessible within the town proper include the Nipigon River Recreation Trail (access at Nipigon Marina) and the Bald Spot (access at Greenmantle Dr.). The newly established Portage Trail is an urban loop that takes you through downtown, to the lagoon, under the Nipigon River Bridge, to the Bridgeview Lookout. Begin downtown, at the lookout, or at the marina to complete this 5 km trail. At a leisurely pace, the trail takes approximately 90 mins to walk. Click here for more information on our area trails.
Paddle to the Sea Park and Splash Pad
Travelling through town on a hot day? Stop in and cool down at our new SPLASH PAD at Paddle-to-the-Sea Park. After you play, relax with an ice cream across the street at Rotary Park, visit the Nipigon Historical Museum, check out the shops, or enjoy lunch at one of our local eateries.
The port of Nipigon is the most Northerly freshwater port in North America. With a deep water channel all the way to the fully serviced marina, boaters are invited to cross the 49th parallel and receive their certificate commemorating the occasion. For more information contact the Nipigon Marina at 807-887-3040 or the Township of Nipigon at 807-887-3135 or our toll free number 1-877-596-1359 (monitored in the summer months only). Click here for more information.
St. Sylvester Catholic Church
The oldest church in the Nipigon Area. It was built in 1877 and mass is still celebrated at this historic site. The Church is owned by the people of Red Rock Indian Band and is located along Highway 11 travelling North to Greenstone. The first recorded burial was in 1880. For more information about the Church and its history please contact Red Rock Indian Band at 1-877-887-2510.
World Class Fishing
World class fishing can be found at the very top of the great lakes in every season. We have some of the best brook trout around, with 5-10 lbs fish a common catch. There is a great variety of fishing opportunities; from Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world, to the fast moving Nipigon River, home of the world record brook trout. For more information click here.
Northshore Golf Course
The North Shore Golf Club is located between west of Nipigon on Golf Course Rd. Nestled in mountainous wilderness, this nine hole golf course is the ideal place to get away, play a challenging game of golf, and enjoy a delicious meal and cold beer at the licensed club house. Go to Northshore Golf Club for more information.
Orient Bay Rock/Ice Climbing
Nipigon is surrounded by majestic rock faces with incredible opportunities for ice climbing. This is an extreme sport and should be done with proper equipment under the supervision of an experienced guide. The Nipigon Ice Fest offers clinics from beginner to advanced. Dare to be there, the first weekend in March.
The Nipigon River
The World Famous Nipigon River flows from the “6th Great Lake”, Lake Nipigon, into Lake Superior near Red Rock. Ancient pictographs, an abundance of wildlife, and opportunities for exploring channels and islands abound.
Hydro Electric Generating Stations
In 1917 the towns of Port Arthur and Fort William (now Thunder Bay), had each unanimously passed a by-law enacting an agreement with the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario to develop additional power sources on the Nipigon River for the twin cities. Click here for more information on the various hydro generating stations on the Nipigon River.
The Nipigon Murals
As you explore Nipigon, check out “Racing the Train:”, “Fifty Years of Service” and “The Last River Drive” painted by artist Dan Sawatsky. Sawatsky has had over 40 major commissions for murals in Canada, the United States and Tokyo, Japan. His first mural was completed in 1983 in Chemainus, BC, where he now resides with his wife and two children.