Nipigon is a town for all seasons as it offers family recreation and social activities year round.
The Nipigon Community Centre is operated by the Nipigon Township and offers multi-purpose indoor activities such as ice-hockey, figure skating and basketball, in addition to fitness, sewing and other programming. For outdoor recreation facilities, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, a swimming pool and a golf course are available.
Paddle-to-The-Sea Park is Nipigon’s newest recreational attraction for children and adults. It features an interpretive, themed family park in Nipigon’s downtown core, which continues along a newly constructed promenade to the spectacular Nipigon Marina. This world-class attraction is part of Nipigon’s downtown revitalization project.
Outside of its impressive facilities and attractions, Nipigon is a natural playground for residents and visitors. A picturesque marina and wondrous waterways make Nipigon a world-renowned destination for water activities. Some of Canada’s best freshwater fishing action starts on the Nipigon lakes and rivers every spring. The world record brook trout weighing 14lb was caught on the Nipigon River in 1915 and since that time, the river has become a Mecca for anglers. This is where you’ll find some of the biggest brook trout in the world as well as plentiful walleye, salmon, sturgeon and lake trout. Other popular water activities in Nipigon include sailing, kayaking, boating, canoeing and diving. Here, you can spend days and weeks exploring the beaches, islands and coastlines of the Nipigon lakes and rivers by water.
Camping, hiking, mountain biking, rock and ice climbing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and back country snow showing in the fresh air of the boreal forests are also popular pastimes for local residents. Nipigon is conveniently situated near to Ruby Lake Provincial Park and Dorion’s Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park. Other local Nipigon highlights include a historical walking tour, spectacular lookouts over the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area, the Red Rock-Nipigon Hiking Trail and the Nipigon Historical Museum.
Nipigon also hosts several major festivals and events throughout the year. The Nipigon Fall Fishing Festival Parade takes place on Canadian Labour Day, which is the first weekend of September, and is perhaps the most anticipated of all local events. It draws thousands of visitors from across Northwestern Ontario and beyond. The Nipigon Blueberry Blast held the first weekend in August is also a family favourite and features a parade, live entertainment and of course, lots of blueberries. Other seasonal events include the Hike for health held on the third weekend in September, the Lake Helen Pow Wow and the Christmas Parade of Lights.
With such diverse adventures waiting to be discovered, Nipigon is clearly the best that nature has to offer. You'll find many suggestions of what to do in Nipigon on our website at: www.nipigon.net.