Got a thirst for adventure? We’ve got the perfect excursion for you. Tucked away in the wilderness of northwestern Ontario, there’s a place that seems straight out of a movie – White Otter Castle.
Built in the early 1900s by the determined James A. McOuat, this castle-like structure is a testament to one man’s dream and determination.
Picture this: a three-story log home that stands proudly, surrounded by the untamed beauty of nature.
James, a lone trapper with a heart full of dreams, constructed his castle using huge red pine logs, some of which weighed as much as 1600 pounds!
“I put it up without any help whatever,” Jimmy proudly declared back in 1914.
Jimmy had heard his fair share of naysayers who told him he’d amount to nothing and end up in a shack.
Determined to prove them wrong, he embarked on an epic journey of construction.
The result? An incredible log home, completed in 1914, featuring a four-story tower.
Sadly, Jimmy’s story took a sad turn when he passed away in 1918. His final resting place remains at the castle to this very day.
White Otter Castle, though weathered by time, has not been forgotten.
Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the “Friends of White Otter Castle,” this historic gem has been lovingly renovated and is still maintained today.
To visit this enchanting piece of Ontario’s history, you have a few options, according to the Township of Ignace.
In the summer, you can arrive by float plane or canoe, embarking on a roughly 40-kilometer journey with 15 portages from the town of Ignace.
In the winter, snowmobiles become your trusty steed for the adventure.
Pack your sense of adventure and head to White Otter Castle, where dreams were built and the spirit of determination still echoes through the trees.
Where: Route map provided at Tourist Information Centre, 34 Highway 17 West, Ignace