It looks like you won’t need to travel far to feast your eyes on the Grand Canyon – the Canadian version, that is. Make a trip to the Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park where you’ll find the Ouimet Canyon, a 150 metre wide gorge with sheer cliffs that drop 100 metres.

According to Ontario Parks, this day-use park opens on May 17th, just in time for the long weekend. You’ll have to travel up to the Thunder Bay region, along the north shore of Lake Superior, to explore Ouimet Canyon park and the massive gorge.

This natural wonder is a 100-meter-deep, 150-meter-wide, and 2,000-meter-long gorge bordered by stone cliffs.

To explore, you’ll embark along a short 1 km forested loop trail and boardwalk to two lookout platforms.

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“From these observation pods, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the steep, sheer cliffs that drop right down to the canyon floor,” shares Ontario Parks.

And as you gaze beyond the canyon, you’ll even see the shimmering waters of Lake Superior and the stunning sights.

According to Destination Ontario, it’s believed that over a billion years ago, glaciers sculpted the gorge, and over time, erosion shaped these rock columns.

“Researchers have found rare Arctic flora flourishing in the bottom of the canyon,” shares Destination Ontario.

“Typically these plants would be over 1,000 km north, but remarkably manage to survive in the unique conditions and climate below the rocks on the canyon floor.”

If you’re looking for a true adventure, Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park is the place to be, filled with natural wonders simply waiting to be explored.

Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park

When: Opens May 17th, 2024
Where: Greenwich Lake Road, Pass Lake, Ontario